BBC’s Ripper Street set for Ten, MasterChef sells into China

Ten has acquired the rights to a BBC costume drama.

Ripper Street is an eight-part series set in the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders in 19th century London.

The deal was made at the Cannes media market MIPTV. Ten’s acquisition is the first pre-sale for the series.

Beverley McGarvey, head of programming at Ten said: “We were instantly intrigued by Ripper Street, it is clearly one of the most compelling crime stories of all time. The pedigree of both the production team and the cast is very exciting and we’re looking forward to it being a key feature in Ten’s upcoming programming slate.”

Produced for the BBC by Tiger Aspect Productions, an Endemol company, Lookout Point and BBC America the cast includes Matthew MacFadyen from MI-5, Jerome Flynn from Game of Thrones and Adam Rothenberg.

The program is currently in production in Dublin.

Also finalised at MIPTV, Shine has sold the Australian-originated format of MasterChef into China.

The Shanghai Media Group’s Dragon TV will produce with Shine consulting on the production. While the show was first created in the UK, it is the Australian format that has sold widely internationally.

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