BBC Worldwide Australia has completed a deal with Network Ten that will see the extraordinary new crime series, Ripper Street, premiere to Australian audiences later this year.
This is the first pre-sale deal for the eight part series, created by Richard Warlow, which will transport viewers into the murky world of one of London’s most notorious districts and scene of one of the world’s most captivating crimes.
Set in and around Whitechapel in London's East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders, Ripper Street stars Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl). The action centers on the notorious H Division which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of East London.
"We were instantly intrigued by Ripper Street, it is clearly one of the most compelling crime stories of all time. The pedigree of both the production team and the cast is very exciting and we're looking forward to it being a key feature in TEN's upcoming programming slate", commented Head of Programming, Network Ten, Beverley McGarvey, of the acquisition.
“The production pedigree coupled with the star power of Ripper Street ensures that Australian audiences will be treated to a crime drama with a difference – one that will not only captivate lovers of the genre but a drama that will envelop the senses and take the audience there”, added Julie Dowding, Sales Director, BBC Worldwide Australia, “Network Ten have an eye for quality crime drama and we are thrilled they have taken Ripper Street on”.
Ripper Street is produced for the BBC by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC AMERICA. The project is Executive Produced by Greg Brenman and Will Gould at Tiger Aspect and by Simon Vaughan at Lookout Point. The series was commissioned by BBC Head of Drama, Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen. Polly Hill is Executive Producer for BBC One.
Street is being made with the participation of Bord
Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board. Currently in production in Dublin, Ripper
Street will be distributed by BBC Worldwide globally
For more information, please contact: Fiona Bickerstaff, Communication Executive at BBC Worldwide Australia at email: email@example.com or on +61 2 9744 4507
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
About BBC Worldwide Australia
Australia is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all five of its core businesses. Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, the company’s addressable market share has trebled in three years. BBC Worldwide Australia wholly owns five channels; UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV NZ and BBC Knowledge NZ in New Zealand; and is responsible for the sales, promotion and distribution of World News which transmits in both countries. It distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand. BBC Worldwide Australia is a stakeholder in Australian production company Freehand and has a joint venture company with ACP, Park Publishing, which publishes BBC-branded magazines in the territory. It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com. BBC Worldwide Australia has recently launched the global BBC iPlayer in Australia.
We were instantly intrigued by Ripper Street, it is clearly one of the most compelling crime stories of all time. The pedigree of both the production team and the cast is very exciting and we're looking forward to it being a key feature in TEN's upcoming programming slate"