'Ripper Street' Season 2 to Premiere Saturday, February 22 on BBC America

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January 21st, 2014


via press release:



New York – January 21, 2014 – East London. 1890. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be gone, but the job of protecting London’s Whitechapel district has never been harder for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew MacFayden, Anna Karenina) and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones) and Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, Elementary). As the century enters its final decade, recession stalks Great Britain. Its preeminent role in the world is under threat and nowhere is the bloated British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London. The Metropolitan Police’s H Division must battle new evils that threaten to disrupt the delicate peace struck at the end season one.  David Costabile (Breaking Bad, The Wire), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood) join the cast for season two. BBC AMERICA’s Ripper Street premieres Saturday, February 22, 9:00pm ET/PT.


Against a society in rapid decline, the men of H Division take on new crimes including a new drug scourge of an imperial nature, a female gang set on vengeance against their industrial tormentors, escaped bombers, subversive cult Svengalis and a mad eugenicist that stalks the circus freak shows for prey – an investigation that brings the elusive “Elephant Man” (Joseph Drake, Doctors) to their aid. These new threats will test Reid and his allies to their very limit, all while facing corruption in their own ranks from the neighboring force of Limehouse’s K Division, and its formidable and entirely amoral leader, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle).


The team faces challenges on the home front too. Without his wife Emily to anchor him, Reid wrestles personal demons of guilt and isolation. Drake has a new wife; but in committing to her, may have lost the brutal intensity that was a hallmark of his policing. Jackson, no longer bound by the need to keep a low profile, questions the suitability of Whitechapel as a place to call home while ‘Long’ Susan Hart (Myanna Buring, Downton Abbey) struggles to protect her brothel on Tenter Street and livelihood from the secret debt she owes the ruthless moneylender, Silas Duggan.


The past is gone but our heroes need to find a way to come to terms with a new present in order to combat the ever-shifting menace of life on the Whitechapel frontline.

Guest stars this season also include Paul Kaye (2,000 Acres of Sky, Game of Thrones) as Gabriel Cain, Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who) as Raine, Gina Bellman (Coupling) as Jemima Swan and James Wilby (Maurice, Clapham Junction) as Charles Broadwick.

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  • Shepherd

    For a moment I got all excited; then I remembered I’ve already seen S.2. Excited for S.3 though.

  • Jo

    Thought they canceled this?

  • K9

    The BBC in the UK did indeed cancel Ripper Street after S2 (which has already aired here). There may be a chance of a rescue deal with Amazon/Lovefilm part-funding S3. But nothing is confirmed yet.

  • Shepherd

    awww. Didn’t know it was cancelled. :(

  • Simon Jester

    The BBC is taking plenty of flack for its cancellation, though, so a strong US showing may help make the case for renewal.

  • Anna Magee

    Attention: RIPPER STREET fans: you may still sign the largest online petition to save this great show: visit change[dot]org…search RIPPER STREET and REVERSE THE BBC. Over 37,600 viewers from inside and outside the UK have signed already. Tweet the BBC at @BBCOne, @bbcpress and @BBCAMERICA to help #SaveRipperStreet Keep fighting! It’s not over yet!

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