Ripper Street Renewed For Season 3 on BBC America

"Ripper Street" has been renewed for a Season 3 on BBC America. The surprising news comes just a few months after the series had supposedly been canceled.

In addition to the renewal, "Ripper Street" has a digital-streaming deal with Amazon, which acquired the U.K. subscription rights. Season 3 will begin production in May 2014.

Taking place just before the beginning of the 20th century, "Ripper Street" chronicles the lawmen of "H-Division," who struggle to bring order to the dark streets of London's most dangerous streets. Those same streets of London's Whitechapel district had previously played host to the notorious Jack the Ripper.

Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, Season 2 of "Ripper Street" premiered Saturday, Feb. 22 on BBC America.