BBC Worldwide’s Ripper Street sends shivers along the Croisette

With such shows as Ripper Street and The Paradise, set in the Victorian era; WW2 drama Spies of Warsaw; Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake set in modern day New Zealand and the futuristic Doctor Who (S7) we can offer truly unrivalled storytelling spanning three centuries and beyond.”Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director for BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution
Date: 20.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC Worldwide
Canada and Norway pre buy Ripper Street ahead of MIPCOM 2012

Click to tweet: @BBCWpress announce Ripper Street launch with the 3 lead actors @mipcom 8 Oct plus 2 new pre sales to Canada & Norway

BBC Worldwide will be hosting the stars of the brilliant new crime drama Ripper Street at MIPCOM 2012 as Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Spooks), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz) fly down to Cannes to launch the series at a special event on 8th October.  Ahead of MIPCOM, BBC Worldwide is pleased to announce two more pre-sales of the title with Canada’s SPACE and NRK in Norway picking up the 8-part series.

Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director for BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, says:  “Acclaimed writers, superb acting talent and the highest of production values are all evident in our rich and varied MIPCOM drama slate.  With such shows as  Ripper Street and The Paradise,  set in the Victorian era;  WW2 drama Spies of Warsaw;  Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake set in modern day New Zealand and the futuristic Doctor Who (S7) we can offer truly unrivalled storytelling spanning three centuries and beyond.”

Ripper Street, written by Richard Warlow (Waking the Dead, Mistresses) and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and Lookout Point for the BBC, has already pre-sold to Network Ten in Australia and is a co production with BBC AMERICA.  The drama is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.  The action centres on the notorious H Division, which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic dark streets of London.

BBC Worldwide will also launch Oscar winner Jane Campion’s new 6 part mystery drama Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter.  Jane Campion will take centre stage at MIPCOM for a unique Creative Talks interview, alongside her co-writer Gerard Lee, on 9th October.

Other drama titles brand new to the market are The Paradise (8 x 50), Spies of Warsaw (2 x 90) and A Young Doctor’s NotebookThe Paradise, set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain’s first department store, stars Sarah Lancashire (Upstairs Downstairs, Lark Rise to Candleford), Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones, The World is Not Enough) and Matthew McNulty (Misfits, Lark Rise to Candleford) amongst others.  The two ninety minute film adaptations of Alan Furst’s acclaimed novel, Spies of Warsaw, evoke a Europe stumbling into the Second World War.  Filming took place in Poland earlier this year with David Tennant and Janet Montgomery in the lead roles.  Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, a wry comedy drama about a young doctor’s fledgling career as he begins his new life in a small, backwards Russian village. The series is based on semi-autobiographical short stories by Bulgakov.

The returning hits Doctor Who (Series 7) and Misfits (Series 4) complete BBC Worldwide’s drama slate for MIPCOM 2012.

For more information, please contact: 

Lee Leschasin

Communications Manager, Content & Production and Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide

Tel:      +44 (0) 20 8433 1324



Notes to Editor:

Ripper Street – 8 x 50’

Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division – the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men find themselves battling to outwit the feral gangs profiting from the seediest vices imaginable; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper – is he back for another reign of terror? Rich episodic storylines meld with the intrigue of a criminal underworld festering on the hard streets of Victorian London, following the battle of the men whose job it is to uphold the law – shaky as it may be.


Matthew Macfadyen Pride and Prejudice, Spooks

Jerome Flynn Game of Thrones

Adam Rothenberg Tennessee

Myanna Buring  Blackout. Twilight

Writer - Richard Warlow Waking the Dead, Mistresses

Director- Tom Shankland The Fades

Producer- Stephen Smallwood DCI Banks

Executive Producers- Greg Brenman, Will Gould, Polly Hill, Simon Vaughan

A Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point Production for the BBC, a BBC America Co-Production, in association with BBC Worldwide, with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board


Top of the Lake 7 x 45' or 6 x 60' HD

A powerful and haunting story from Oscar winning writer/director Jane Campion starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan and David Wenham. Top of the Lake begins with a mystery – Tui, a 12 year old girl, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a South Island lake in New Zealand. She is five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realise that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well hidden. Set against one of the most amazing and untouched landscapes left on the planet, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.
Elisabeth Moss Mad Men, The West Wing
Holly Hunter Saving Grace, The Piano
Peter Mullan War Horse, Tyrannosaur
David Wenham The Lord of the Rings, Public Enemies
Thomas M. Wright
Created and written by - Jane Campion Bright Star, The Piano and Gerard Lee Sweetie, All Men Are Liars
Directors  - Jane Campion, Garth Davis
Producers - Philippa Campbell Black Sheep, Rain
Executive Producers - Emile Sherman The King’s Speech, Shame, Iain Canning The King’s Speech, Shame and Jane Campion Bright Star, The Piano
 A See-Saw Films production in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Fulcrum Media Finance for BBC, UKTV, The Sundance Channel and BBC Worldwide


The Paradise  8 x 50’

Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shopgirl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs. When the shop’s dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. Through sexy, episodic stories driven by romance and glamour, this series creates a world as colourful and captivating as the silks on display in the store. This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, with a mysterious, dark secret at its heart.
Joanna Vanderham What Maisie Knew, The Runaway
Emun Elliot Prometheus, Game of Thrones, Threesome
Elaine Cassidy Harper’s Island, Fingersmith
Sarah Lancashire Upstairs Downstairs, Lark Rise to Candleford
Patrick Malahide Game of Thrones, The World is Not Enough
Peter Wight Case Sensitive, Pride and Prejudice
Matthew McNulty Misfits, Lark Rise to Candleford
Ruby Bentall Lark Rise to Candleford, Lost in Austen
Stephen Wight Sherlock, Misfits
Sonya Cassidy Vera, The Tudors
Guest starring
Arthur Darvill  Doctor Who, Little Dorrit
Writer and Creator - Bill Gallagher Lark Rise to Candleford, Conviction
Producer - Simon Lewis Five Daughters, My Family & Other Animals
Executive Producer - Susan Hogg The Fades, Lark Rise to Candleford, Five Daughters
A BBC production

Spies of Warsaw 2 x 90’ or 4 x 45’

David Tennant and Janet Montgomery star in this adaptation of Alan Furst’s celebrated spy novel set in Poland, Paris and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. At the French embassy in Warsaw, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat is involved in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage, a lawyer for the League of Nations. Risking his life, Mercier works in the shadows amid a remarkable cast of characters, some known to him as spies, some never to be revealed. It is a city where people drink and fight and spy and love, because no one knows what tomorrow will bring.  

David Tennant Hamlet Single Father
Janet Montgomery Entourage, Black Swan
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen The Killing, Italian for Beginners
Anton Lesser The Hour
Burn Gorman The Hour, Torchwood
Tuppence Middleton New Tricks, Sinbad
Writers - Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais The Commitments, Killing Bono
Based on the novel by Alan Furst
Director  - Coky Giedroyc The Hour, Sherlock, Oliver Twist
Executive Producer - Richard Fell The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
A Fresh Pictures production co-produced by Apple Film Production for BBC Four and TVP in association with ARTE France and BBC Worldwide

A Young Doctor’s Notebook 4 x 22’

Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe star in this wry comedy drama about a young doctor’s fledgling career as he begins his new life in a small, backwards Russian village. Based on the semi-autobiographical short stories by Bulgakov, set on the eve of the Russian Revolution, it tells the story of the young medical graduate’s turbulent and brutal introduction to his practice, narrated by his older, more experienced self. Dealing not only with the superstitious and poorly educated patients, but also with his own inner demons, the young doctor reveals doubts about his own competence and struggles with the immense burden of medical responsibility. A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a fascinating, dark and original, pitch black comedy with renowned international acting talent that will surprise and entertain viewers in a wholly unique way.

Jon Hamm Mad Men, 30 Rock
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter, The Woman in Black
Rosie Cavaliero Little Dorrit, Jam & Jerusalem
Adam Godley Spies of Warsaw, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Vicki Pepperdine Getting On, I’m Alan Partridge
Writers - Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye and Alan Connor
Director - Alex Hardcastle Suburgatory
Producer - Clelia Mountford
Executive Producers - Kenton Allen, Jon Hamm
A Big Talk production for Sky
Distributed by BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who S7 13 x 45’

Matt Smith returns for his third series as the Eleventh Doctor. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before. This series will see the last days of the Ponds with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill returning for their final, rollercoaster voyage with the Doctor. Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor's side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure? Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when the Doctor meets a new friend. But where, when or who? Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year.

Matt Smith Going for Gold – The ‘48 Games
Karen Gillan Harley Street, Rebus
Arthur Darvill Little Dorrit
Alex Kingston ER, Marchlands
Guest Starring
Rupert Graves Sherlock, Garrow’s Law
Mark Williams Harry Potter, Sense & Sensibility
David Mitchell Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look
Robert Webb Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look
Jemma Redgrave Unforgiven, Cold Blood
Steven Berkoff The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Series Producer - Marcus Wilson Whitechapel, Taggart
Executive Producer - Caroline Skinner The Fades, Five Days
Lead Writer and Executive Producer - Steven Moffat Sherlock, Jekyll, Coupling
A BBC Production

Misfits S4  8 x 50’

The award-winning Misfits have rebooted and resuited for another chaotic, action packed series that includes a killer white rabbit and even the odd zombie. New guys Finn and Jess join old favourites Rudy, Curtis and Seth for a cheekier, more power-crazed Series 4. It’s time to power up. But do the new Misfits have any new A-list powers? Well, kind of. Jess has X-ray vision and Finn hastelekinesis – although he finds it a challenge to move even a cup of tea. And keeping our gang on the straight and narrow, or at least trying to, is new probabation worker Greg with a set of warped moral guidelines and an incredibly short fuse.

While adapting to life on community service, Finn tries to save his relationship with his girlfriend Sadie – a relationship that has taken a dark superpower twist.  Jess falls for mysterious, sexy barman Alex who seems to be harbouring a deep and unusual secret. It’s also time to say a final goodbye to an old gang member. With all hell quite literally breaking loose with the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Misfits is certainly back with a bang. 



Joseph Gilgun as Rudy Ripper Street, This is England

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Curtis Spooks, Whitechapel

Matthew McNulty as Seth The Paradise

Karla Crome as Jess Hit and Miss, Murder

Nathan McMullen as Finn Shameless

Matt Stokoe as Alex Black Mirror, The Borgias

Shaun Dooley as Greg The Woman in Black, Great Expectations

Natasha O’Keeffe as Abby Lip Service

Written and created by Howard Overman Merlin

Writer Jon Brown Mongrels, Fresh Meat

Producer Matt Strevens Skins, Raw

Executive Producers:

Howard Overman

Petra Fried Persuasion, Afterlife

Murray Ferguson Paradox, Afterlife

A Clerkenwell Films production for E4

Distributed by BBC Worldwide


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