BBC 2 had the return of a Victorian-era crime drama to try to fill the Olympic-sized hole in everyone’s evenings.

Ripper Street is set in Whitechapel in the East End of London in the 19th century, after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.

(BBC/Tiger Aspect 2016/Bernard Walsh)

Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, and Adam Rothenberg, it’s now into it’s fourth series…and there’s a new face in the cast. One that a lot of people on Twitter recognised…


Yep, that is Matthew Lewis (you know, as in Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter…obvs).

All new @ripper_street starts at 9pm tonight on @BBCTwo. I’m far too busy to remember what happens but I am in it. Welcome to Whitechapel.

— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) August 22, 2016

People on Twitter were more than a little excited about the actor’s new role in the period drama.


— jemima hall (@HeyThereJemima) August 22, 2016

Is it weird that I well up with pride watching @mattdavelewis on screen? (@ripper_street in this case)

— Megan (@arikagranger) August 22, 2016

@Mattdavelewis is in Ripper Street this series. #yes

— Mary-Anne (@maryanne1397) August 22, 2016

Neville Longbottom in Ripper Street, my life is now complete

— Charlotte Lee (@char_bethan) August 22, 2016

Ripper Street. Matthew Lewis. Evening sorted.

— Lauren Taverner (@lauren_tav) August 22, 2016

Watching ripper street just because Neville Longbottom

— Nif (@jennifernif17) August 22, 2016

Ripper street is gunna be so good now @Mattdavelewis is in it!!!

— sarah rose (@RoseSarahrose12) August 22, 2016

Neville Longbottom is popping up everywhere these days #RipperStreet

— Lindsay Stark (@_lindsaystark) August 22, 2016

This series is already 100% better than any of the others because Matthew Lewis ♡ #RipperStreet

— Rachel May Meaden (@RacheyMay) August 22, 2016

The rather spectacular moustache Matthew has for the role of Sergeant Sam Drummond definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

Nice to see Neville Longbottom has grown a moustache for #RipperStreet

— Jessie's diets (@Martyn50old) August 22, 2016

This is not a drill #RipperStreet is on my telly box! @Mattdavelewis I still 💙 you even with a dodgy 'tache. 😄😄😄

— Rachel Smith (@smiffysmall) August 22, 2016

TBH, a lot of people were just very excited about the return of Ripper Street in general.

Welcome return to #RipperStreet 😁 I love this era, clothes, buildings, use of English language… #lostinhistory

— Alyce K Guy (@guy_alyce) August 22, 2016

#RipperStreet really rather good for the opener of 4th series ☺😊with the dashing Matthew Macfadyen!

— Amy Hunt (@AmesHuntress) August 22, 2016

#RipperStreet was so good, looking forward to the rest of the series!

— Ben Hart (@BenWHart) August 22, 2016

However, it seems some people on Twitter were still just thinking about the Olympics…

I'm watching Ripper Street and trying to convince myself it is in fact Olympic Murder Solving.
I think we may win a gold.

— Edward (@edwardambrown) August 22, 2016