BBC's 'Ripper Street' Tops U.K. Poll of Best TV Shows of 2013

The Hollywood Reporter

Recently-canceled BBC period crime drama Ripper Street has been voted the best TV show of 2013 in a survey by the Web site of British magazine Radio Times.

In what the site said was a protest against the cancelation, fans of the series, set in the time of Jack the Ripper, pushed votes for it to more than 35 percent of all votes this year. More than 7,500 readers voted in the poll.

Another BBC crime show, Peaky Blinders, created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, came in second with 18.5 percent of all votes. The series focuses on a gang in Birmingham early in the 20th century.

BBC sci-fi evergreen Doctor Who came in third, ITV crime hit Broadchurch, which is getting a U.S. remake on Fox with David Tennant and Anna Gunn, ranked fourth, and AMC hit show Breaking Bad, available in the U.K. on Netflix, came in fifth in the Radio Times poll.

HBO hit series Game of Thrones, which airs in Britain on BSkyB's Sky Atlantic network, took the seventh spot, followed by AMC hit The Walking Dead.

The other shows making the top 10 were BBC romantic drama Last Tango in Halifax, Irish-British crime drama The Fall with Gillian Anderson, which has also aired on the BBC, and An Adventure in Space and Time, a BBC look at the genesis of hit show Doctor Who.

Ripper Street stars Matthew MacFayden, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg and was canceled after the end of its second season late this year amid weak ratings. But fans soon launched a campaign in support of a continuation of the show, with online streaming firms reportedly looking at playing a role in a potential revival. The drama had aired on BBC America in the U.S.

"We are very proud of Ripper Street, which has enjoyed two highly ambitious [seasons] on BBC One," a representative for the BBC said in early December. "However, the second [season] didn’t bring the audience we hoped, and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas, it won’t be returning."

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