Network Ten Australia to air Ripper Street

BBC Worldwide Australia has secured its first pre-sale for its new crime drama Ripper Street, currently in production at Clancy Barracks a former army barracks in Dublin.The eight-part series is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, in the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders.

Ripper Street is a Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC America production for the BBC in co-production with Element Picture. The drama was created by Richard Warlow and the executive producers are Greg Brenman and Will Gould of Tiger Aspect, Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Polly Hill for BBC1.

The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat). With production design by Mark Geraghty (Tristan and Isolde) The Irish Film Board has provided €475,000 towards the project.

Loss of British TV productions will leave a void.

This could one of the last TV series from the U.K to be produced in Ireland following the U.K Chancellors decision to amend tax incentives to include TV production from next April. For more than 6 years international TV series have been the life blood of Irish film industry. With the opening of the new Ballyhenry Studios, The Irish Film Board may have to review its strategy; only the return of the big Hollywood productions of the early Noughties or at least 2 large-scale HBO type TV series per year can save the industry from its present decline. However that will not prove easy, current work practices by electricians and craft workers have made Ireland uncompetitive, without the introduction of more flexible and transparent agreements, it’s unlikely producers will be beating a path to our door.

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