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The BBC's axed crime drama 'Ripper Street' could still be saved - with LOVEFiLM reportedly in talks to fund a new series.

Despite receiving positive reviews, the BBC announced it was pulling funding for the Whitechapel-set detective show earlier this month.

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The public broadcaster said that, with ratings not reaching the expected levels, it was "making room for creative renewal".

Actor Jerome Flynn said the cast was "in shock" at the corporation's decision, describing 'Ripper Street' as an "unfinished work" with "wonderful storylines".

And it seems that LOVEFiLM, the video-on-demand provider, agrees with this view.

The Amazon-owned company is believed to be in talks with Tiger Aspect over a potential co-production deal, which would see 'Ripper Street' series three premiere online, before airing on BBC 1 shortly afterwards.

LOVEFiLM would also have the option of commissioning a fourth series should the joint venture prove a success.

A BBC spokesperson said the broadcaster is "looking at partnerships that could enable Ripper Street to return, but at better value to licence fee payers".

If the deal goes ahead, it would represent a landmark moment for TV drama funding in the UK - the firm time a video on-demand company has become the main financial backer of an established TV drama.

This would follow the model of Arrested Development season four, which premiered exclusively on Netflix in May 2013.

The original series, which followed the fortunes of the chaotic Bluth family, aired between 2003 and 2006 on Fox.

Despite winning six Primetime Emmy Awards and receiving widespread critical acclaim, the broadcaster axed the show after three series.

Rumours of a revival circulated for several years, before Netflix stepped in to commission 15 new episodes last year.

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