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Ripper Street set for November Amazon début

October 3, 2014

By Colin Mann

The much anticipated third series of critically-acclaimed British drama Ripper Street premières this autumn exclusively on UK movie and TV streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video.

A double bill of the first and second episodes will be available for Amazon Prime Instant Video members at 9pm on November 14th, with a further six episodes to be released weekly at 9pm every Friday. The series will culminate in a series finale to be released on December 26th.

The series was commissioned by Amazon from the producers, Tiger Aspect Productions and Lookout Point, in February 2014 after legions of Ripper Street fans petitioned for its return. The series is co-produced in the US by BBC America and will screen on BBC One and BBC America in 2015 after broadcast on Amazon Prime Instant Video, as well as being distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.

Amazon has also revealed that episodes of Ripper Street Series Three available on Amazon Prime Instant Video will include exclusive scenes that will not be shown on the BBC. The show that is broadcast on BBC One and BBC America in 2015 will be edited to the traditional one hour format.

“In its design, Series Three of Ripper Street was always meant to be our most ambitious yet and we are delighted that Amazon has given us the creative freedom to make good on that ambition,” said the show’s creator and writer Richard Warlow. “With no restrictions on either the content or the length of each episode, we have been able to reassemble our magnificent cast and pitch them into a suit of stories which we hope will delight the millions of fans who, thanks to this unique partnership, will now be able to enjoy the show on Amazon Prime Instant Video this year, then on the BBC, and around the rest of the world, in 2015.”

Amazon announced the commissioning of the filming of a third series of Ripper Street in March 2014 following two highly popular series broadcast on the BBC, during which time the gritty British drama was nominated for a BAFTA and voted the best show of 2013 by readers of the Radio Times.

“We know there are a huge number of fans out there who want more of the gripping storylines we’ve come to expect from BAFTA-nominated writer Richard Warlow and we’re delighted to be bringing the third series of this show to our customers exclusively this autumn” said Chris Bird, Head of Content Acquisition at Amazon. “From what we’ve seen from the scripts and first edit it’s clear that this series has raised the bar, we’re confident that Ripper Street fans will be thrilled with what they see.”

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