Ripper Street axed

'Ripper Street' has been axed by the BBC after it failed to pull in more viewers than ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' when they went head-to-head

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Jerome Flynn

'Ripper Street' has been axed by the BBC.

The period drama will not be returning to screens for a third series after the broadcasting corporation decided to cut it in order to "make room for creative renewal".

The programme, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, lost viewers to ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' when the two shows went head-to-head recently.

A BBC spokesman said: "We are very proud of 'Ripper Street', which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One.

"However, the second series didn't bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won't be returning."

However, Jerome has urged the BBC to change its mind and go ahead with series three.

Speaking on Simon Lederman's evening show, he said: "We found out this week that the third series of 'Ripper Street' isn't going. We're all in shock.

"It was up against 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' and that's been cited as one of the reasons in terms of viewing figures. We're all in absolute shock because it's a wonderful job and we feel like it's kind of this unfinished work."

He added: "We're hoping it will turn around if anyone from the BBC is listening."

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