A new third series of the Victorian crime drama began filming in Manchester this week, despite having been axed by the BBC last December.

After fans petitioned to save the gothic period thriller, set in London’s Whitechapel and starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, a new run of eight episodes was commissioned by Amazon Prime Instant Video. It will be available to Amazon Prime Instant Video members in the autumn and screened on BBC1 a few months later.

“I am just thrilled that we are getting the chance to do another season of Ripper, to inhabit that world and the wonderful character that is
 Bennet Drake,” said Jerome Flynn, who plays the Detective Sergeant to Macfadyen’s Detective Inspector Edmund Reid. “All I can say is that what I’ve seen of the scripts so far is very exciting… we really hit the ground running dramatically and all our characters are taken on intense journeys. It’s going to be quite a ride.”

Also returning to the cast is Myanna Buring, who plays brothel madam Long Susan. “It’s so exciting to be able to come back and continue Long Susan’s journey,” she said.

“As a cast and crew we’ve become a kind of family so to be reunited is beyond lovely. And to know it was made possible by the support of fans of the show makes it all the more special.”

Season one of Ripper Street is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video, with series two to launch on June 2. For more information about Amazon Prime Instant Video visit www.amazon.co.uk/PIV