Ripper Street has won a reprieve and will be back for a third series.

The BBC1 period drama was axed last year after two series, but will return for a new run that will screen first on Amazon’s new video-on-demand platform Prime Instant Video, which launches today, and then on BBC1 a few months later.

Fans had campaigned vigorously online for the resurrection of the series, which stars Matthew Macfadyen as DI Edmund Reid who, in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror, tries to clean up the streets of late Victorian Whitechapel with his cohorts Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and under the watchful eye of brothel keeper Long Susan (MyAnna Buring).

The new eight-part run will begin filming in May, this time in the UK rather than Dublin, and will be set in 1894 with plots set to focus on the railways in London and a secret memo concerning those suspected of being Jack the Ripper.