On the Non-Renewal of Ripper Street: Are you listening BBC?
Matthew Macfadyen (Darcylicious)
It’s been a week since the it was announced that there would be no third series of Ripper Street. In that time there has been an outpouring of support for this beleagured show. I thought it would be nice to remind ourselves, the cast and crew, and the BBC what has been posted and accomplished during this short time.
- The creation of @SaveRipperSt which has been instrumental in guiding the public to try to reverse the BBC’s decision
- The petition. Over 11,000 people have signed the petition to the BBC. Impressive for only a week.
- Radio Times Poll: 92 % of people disagree with the BBC’s decision to axe the show
- The Guardian questions the BBC decision. Here are some of the comments mad in the article
- The performances of Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as the three leading officers leapt off the page
- For a show set in the heart of Jack the Ripper’s London, the writers also strongly resisted the idea that the female characters are just victims.
- It was never confined by its Victorian setting either, covering subjects such as homosexuality, religious cults, marital strife and prejudice.
- The idea of something so beautifully made being crushed by a celebrity reality show is like a flamethrower melting a snowflake. Ratings may be everything nowadays, even to the BBC, but the price of that silly battle to get more people watching during peak hours will be the annihilation of one quality drama after another, trampled by the clodhoppers of reality TV. It’s such a shame.MyAnna Buring, the Ripper Street actress, has urged the public to sign the e-petition to persuade the BBC to rethink their decision to axe the series. Paul O’Grady today on his ITV chat show said that Ripper Street was the “best thing on tv” adding that BBC should not axe the showDen of Geekweighs in
- The BBC is a public service broadcaster, funded by the licence fee, and thus doesn’t have the same requirement to chase ratings.
- Ripper Street was in stronger shape, was maturing nicely, and the genuine feeling of shock from those involved with the show and those who watched it suggests that not many people saw this one coming.
I’m sure I’ve either missed or forgotten many of the other articles, petitions and blogs protesting the cancellation of the show. BBC executives, we hope you are listening. Please give us a third series.