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Amazon nabs rights to BBC America drama 'Ripper Street'

Ripper Street, a London-set period drama, was canceled due to poor ratings in its second season. But it looks like it’s getting a second chance: Amazon acquired streaming rights to the show, which was and will continue to be co-produced by BBC America, and we’ll get to see a third season of Ripper Street after all.

The show stars Matthew Macfadyen and centers on the more crime-ridden areas of London’s East End in the late 1800s. Its first two seasons have already aired in the U.K., but the second season is currently airing on American television with a new episode this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America. There is no date set for the Amazon Prime Instant Video premiere of the third season yet.

BBC America puts first three minutes of 'Ripper Street' on YouTube -- VIDEO

Good news for Anglophiles who aren’t satisfied by new episodes of Downton Abbey alone: This Saturday, BBC America will premiere a new period miniseries called Ripper Street.

The show is set in London’s infamously seedy East End in 1889, six months after the last documented Jack the Ripper murder. When another prostitute is found dead — er, ripped — a pair of detectives played by Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy!) and Jerome Flynn find themselves wondering if the killer is up to his old tricks.

Here’s the first three minutes of the miniseries, courtesy of BBC America. Think it’ll be enough to tide you over between Downton viewings — and until Sherlock finally returns?

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