Costume crime drama Ripper Street could be heading back to TV after it emerged programme makers are in talks to save it .

The BBC One show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn as detectives in Victorian-era east London, was axed last week with the BBC saying it had failed to bring in big enough audiences.

But production firm Tiger Aspect is reported to be in talks with video on demand service LoveFilm about making a third series which would premiere online before being shown by the BBC.

A spokesman for LoveFilm said: “The creative team have great vision and high ambition for future series of Ripper Street. It would of course be marvellous to find a route to make these plans reality.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “The BBC is looking at partnerships that could enable Ripper Street to return, but at better value to licence fee payers.”