British crime drama Ripper Street has been cancelled after two seasons due to low ratings.

The show, which was set in 1889 London, debuted in 2012 to strong ratings, but the show failed to keep fans.

A spokesperson for the Bbc says, "We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on Bbc One. However, the second series didn't bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won't be returning."

The programme's star Jerome Flynn admits he is stunned by the news because he had hoped Tv bosses would stand by the show.

He tells Bbc Radio, "We're all in absolute shock because it's a wonderful job... It's like a marriage being broken.

"We feel like it's kind of this unfinished work. So we're hoping it will turn around if anyone from the Bbc is listening."