Ripper Street, a new eight-part BBC drama focusing on the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders in London in 1889, is to be made in Dublin this year.

The series will be produced by Tiger Aspect, Lookout Point and Element Pictures in Dublin over a period of 19 weeks and will invest €8m in the Irish economy, with over 250 Irish cast and crew employed.

The decision to use Dublin as a location followed a visit to Ireland by UK producers and broadcasters organised by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board with funding from the IFB international production fund.

When the BBC first announced the commissioning of Ripper Street last year, the broadcaster said the series would focus on "the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel".

Executive producer Greg Brenman said: "We are so excited about Ripper Street and believe that [writer] Richard Warlow is creating a period show that respects its moment in history whilst also achieving a thoroughly modern, entertaining and visceral piece of entertainment."