BBC Cancels Victorian Crime Drama Ripper Street

I was devastated when I read about this this morning. It’s possibly one of the best period dramas set in Victorian London I’ve ever seen. It’s a crime drama with none of the gore, fighting and realism taken out. So why has Ripper Street been cancelled?

First off we should look at the slot it fills in the TV schedule. It airs on BBC One at 9pm on a Monday night, the exact same time as ITV shows I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. It proves that more people would rather watch a reality show than an original drama that shows you a bit of history. In fact I’m a Celebrity had 8.8 million viewers to Ripper Streets 3.2 million during Monday’s episode. Big difference for a comparison in two very different shows.

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg in Ripper Street.Ripper Street is a great period crime drama with a storyline and setting quite different to period dramas like Downton Abbey and The Paradise. Ripper Street is downright gritty and bloody, just like a copper show set in Victorian East London should be. The first season followed on from the capture of Jack the Ripper and season two follows on from that, showing that East London still has lots of murderers to catch and crimes to solve. If this doesn’t interest you then the main trio of Matthew Mcfayden (Det. Insp. Edmund Reid) Jerome Flynn (Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake) and Adam Rothenberg (Captain Homer Jackson) definitely will. Each of the performances are brilliant and very similar to what you’d expect of Victorian detectives in a crime populated area. The men aren’t the only great performers. MyAnna Buring is everything a Victorian lady probably shouldn’t be as Long Susan the brothel madam who usually crosses paths with the detectives.

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Ripper Street is currently airing its second series and only has two episodes left. The viewing figures for this series have dropped quite a bit compared to season one and some on the web and regular fans have said this could be down to the nature of some of the story lines. There have been a few brutal murders of females, beatings and the like but in all fairness this as helped make the show feel more realistic. What’s Victorian London without some brothels and scandal?

The main reason I’m sad to see Ripper Street go is that it’s a crime drama that keeps you on your toes and second guessing the whole way through. RIPPER-STREET-2480334There’s times when you can’t work out who the killer could possibly be. I found you also learn something in each episode. It’s an eye opener to see how different the police system is and how women were treated in the time. The actors are superb, the costumes and settings are spot on and the writing is true brilliance in a time with lots of period dramas.

So why the BBC are dropping this series now, so close to the end of season two, is beyond the comprehension of a lot of fans. It makes you wonder what programme will be created to take it’s place. I’m not a fan of reality shows and now the ratings of one have practically killed off this beautiful show I fear for the future of dramas. ITV have also recently cancelled their modern day crime drama Whitechapel, leaving the question what will be disappearing from our screens next?

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A Study in Darkness by Emma Jane Holloway

You might be thinking you’ve seen that name on here before. Well you have! As a recap it’s this review  A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. I received this book again from Netgalley. After reading A Study in … Continue reading

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

I was lucky enough to get an ARC version of this book from NetGalley.

17262144When I first heard of this book I was very excited. I love Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes so obviously this mixed together with a female lead was right up my street. Sometimes when you become over excited about a book you find yourself disappointed. I wasn’t with this book!

It’s such a fabulously complex book that makes you think while you read. Once or twice it even spurred conversations about Conan Doyle’s original work which was quite excellent. Holloway manages to keep you interested in all aspects of the book but doesn’t bore you with long winded going ons. I’m also happy with the accuracy of the Victorian era. Yes Steampunk allows for some room to move but it was quite a relief in some ways to see the times stick true to the original Sherlock Holmes time.

Eveline our main character is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. She’s an independent, confident woman something that’s seen in steampunk books but not so much in other Victorian styles. She’s such a great character, along with all the others, as she’s unexpected and interesting. Even in her independence and cunning ways she still finds time to have romance in her life which gives for a great change of scene in the book. As with any Victorian book you’ll find yourself reading about splendid balls and debutantes. It kind of keeps you tied to the time period.

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Eveline has a detective is not what you’d expect, in some places she lets her emotions and the love triangle get in her way. This reminds you that yes she is female and she is not Sherlock Holmes. If anything these intrusions help the mystery run throughout the case and leave us in suspense.

Ms. Holloway’s style of writing is quite addictive, you find yourself reading more than you thought you would just to find out what’s happened. She’s definitely took some inspiration from the original Sherlock Holmes (like the name) but this does not define the book. Holloway has brought her own sense of Victoriana steampunk to life with all the clockwork, steam automations etc.

Overall this book is great for people who read a range of genres and would work perfectly well for those delving into the steampunk or Holmes world. 17264584Definitely give it a go! I’ve already preordered the next two and honestly can’t wait for more mystery, steampunk and feminine wiles.

A Study in Silks is due for release on 24th September with the second of The Baskerville Affair series due out in October.

My top 5 fictional couples

It’s getting to that point where I’m getting pretty excited about the upcoming release of books it seems I’ve been waiting millions of years for, and yet I’ve only been waiting about 6 months. Yes some of my favourite authors are that good. I praise you all. Continue reading