Ripper StreetRipper Street to air in January 2013, but doubt surrounds future UK productions in Ireland.

Ripper Street unit photoOne of the first projects to go into production in 2012 was BBC’s Ripper Street. The eight-part x 1hour episodes set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, following the aftermath of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The majority of production took place at one of the NAMA (National Asset Management Agency) controlled ghost estates at Clancy Barracks including a large set build which transformed the unfinished building site into the East End of London in the 1890’s

Element Pictures co-produced Ripper Street with the BBC, Tiger Aspect Productions and Lookout Point in the UK. Ripper Street will air on BBC America in the States premieres Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 9:00pm ET,  no date has been set for Ripper Street  UK’s transmission.

The BBC has already commissioned series 2 which is expected to begin per-production at Clancy Barracks in late January 2013. Uncertainty exists over the future of UK production coming to Ireland with the UK Chancellor about to bring in changes to the UK tax laws in March 2013 to include high end TV series, which would give a tax credit of 25% of expenditure incurred in the U.K. up to a maximum of 80% of the production budget. Ireland’s current rate is 28% and with the UK offering 25% it very unlikely that any future UK productions would see it feasible to produce in Ireland. The loss of British TV series producing in Ireland will have a huge impact on both employment of crews and spending in an industry that struggling to provide crews with regular long term work in recent years.

The situation could be even bleaker, if the department of Finance were to make changes following their consultation earlier this year on section 481, something we will find out in next week’s budget.

© Tom Dowling 2012, photo official Ripper Street unit photo.

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