Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg will return for a second season of the crime drama ‘Ripper Street’, as the group H-Division charged with solving horrific crimes in 19th Century London in the wake of Jack the Ripper’s mayhem.

Promotional photo: Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC)
Promotional photo: Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg
(credit BBC America)

The first season is still playing, both in the UK and US on BBC and has been received with mixed comments. Although in general the acting seems to have caught everyone’s attention, some have complained about the blood and gore.

BBC announced on Tuesday that it had commissioned a second season of the series which will be comprised of eight episodes opening in 2014. The drama will also move forward into the 1890s.

Creator and writer Richard Warlow made the following statement: “I am enormously grateful to have been given the opportunity to return to ‘H’ Division once more and will be working tirelessly to ensure that those who have joined us each week will find ever more compelling crime-fighting thrills down on ‘Ripper Street’ the second time around. The series will move forward into the 1890s; the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise. It is this sense of climax and calamity that, week by week, our heroes will confront with conviction and heroism.”

Matthew Macfadyen is well known in the UK for his varied performances, including ‘Mr. Darcy’ in ‘Pride and Prejudice’,’Spooks’ and most recently in ‘Anna Karenina’. Jerome Flynn stars in the popular series ‘Game of Thrones’ and American actor Adam Rothenberg has appeared in several TV series such as ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Elementary’ and ‘Person of Interest.’

Ripper Street shows in the US on Saturday nights at 9pmET/8C on BBC America.

Video: Matthew Macfadyen talks about Inspector Edmund Reid