Ripper Street star Matthew MacFadyen has revealed he is thrilled to be back working on a new series of the BBC One show.

The second series has just gone into production, and the actor admitted he couldn’t wait to get back into character – and costume.

“It’s fantastic to begin shooting in Dublin again for the second series of Ripper Street – and to be reunited with much of the wonderful cast and crew from last year,” he said. “Also to be reunited with my bowler hat – I’d missed it.

“The show’s creator Richard Warlow has given us two wonderful, strange and unsettling opening episodes, teeming with the fierce and fragile life of Victorian Whitechapel.”

Matthew will once again be joined in the cast by co-stars Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as the trio fighting crime in post-Jack The Ripper London.

MyAnna Buring will also return as brothel madam Susan, while a new addition to the cast comes in the shape of Joseph Mawle, who will play corrupt police inspector Jebediah Shine.

The first series of the show attracted controversy for its violent scenes and adult themes, screened just after the 9pm watershed.

However it was a hit with viewers, regularly pulling in audiences of around 7m.