Tonight is the series ending finale of Ripper Street (unless BBC reverses their decision). You can watch a clip if you live in the UK
As Reid and Drake find themselves powerless to resist the awful temptation of a final reckoning with K Division's Jedediah Shine, so Jackson and Judge's ever more desperate attempts to profit from the stolen diamond, lead them into the teeth of the murderous agents of the De Graal monopoly.
The Guardian has posted an article on "More Science of Ripper Street"
News that the BBC has axed this Victorian drama has saddened many who love its attention to factual detail and period look: audiences can learn a lot about nineteenth century science and medicine by watching the second series.
Learn the history of "smoking away your asthma" , "men of breeding", "phossy jaw" and the ac/dc debate in the above article.
Finally, here are more articles from the press discussing the BBC's choice to cancel Ripper Street.
- Hack the Ripper: another long-term planning crime by the BBC. Cancelling the series after only 16 episodes will delight ITV and abandon the lucrative US market at which the show was aimed
- Is the axing of Whitechapel and Ripper Street the Start of a New Trend?
- The Herald Scotland:
- Conspiracy theorists among us wondered if this was a deliberate ploy by the BBC to create an excuse to axe the show, as those lovingly recreated, filthy 19th-century neighbourhoods were surely a burden on the Beeb's budget. Ripper Street had done well enough at its original transmission time, although its graphic violence and decidedly adult storylines had, even after the 9pm watershed, ruffled a few petticoats for the Sunday period drama brigade. The move to Monday felt like an undeserved, points-docked relegation to a lower league.