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“Ripper Street” New UK TV Series

Ripper_Street_titlcardRipper Street is a BBC mini-series set in Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen,Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. The first episode was broadcast on 30 December 2012 as part of BBC One’s Christmas 2012 package, and will also form part of BBC America’s Dramaville starting on 19 January 2013.


London in April 1889, six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, and the story of H Division responsible for policing one and a quarter square miles of East London with a population of 67,000 of the poor and dispossessed. H Division was charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men had hunted Jack the Ripper and failed to find him, and with more women being murdered on the streets of Whitechapel the police begin to wonder if the killer has returned.

Between the factories, rookeries, chop shops, brothels and pubs Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), haunted by a tragic past mistake, is accompanied by the brawn of Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) and the brilliance of the US Army surgeon and one-time Pinkerton detective, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg).

Their paths cross with Tenter Street brothel madam Long Susan (MyAnna Buring), who came to London with Jackson – their relationship more and more uneasy, now that Jackson is starting to prefer one of her most profitable girls, Rose Erskine (Charlene McKenna).

Newspaperman Fred Best (David Dawson), always ready to sensationalize a story for profit, knows Reid’s past mistake.

Episodes / Date released

1. “I Need Light” 30 December 2012

When the body of violinist Maude Thwaites is found it bears all the hallmarks of a Ripper killing. However, an autopsy by Jackson suggests it is a copy-cat killing, and in the face of opposition from journalist Fred Best and Inspector Frederick Abberline (Clive Russell), Detective Inspector Reid and his team enter into a world of early photographic pornography and one of the first ‘snuff films’, with the discovery on moving film of Thwaites being strangled. The investigation becomes more urgent when it is discovered that Long Susan has received payment for the services of Rose, who had already appeared in risque photos, and another prostitute from their suspect.

2. “In My Protection”  6 January 2013

When Ernest Manby (David Coon), a 60-year-old toy maker is found beaten to death the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee claim that 14-year-old Thomas Gower (Giacomo Mancini) is responsible. Reid – his conscience challenged by a radical lawyer called Eagles (Hugh O’Conor) and orphanage governess Deborah Goren (Lucy Cohu) – tests the security of the investigation. Meanwhile, Jackson’s drinking and gambling have led to the loss of the pendant that ties him to his American past – a past that he and Long Susan fear will now be exposed. Reid and Drake find themselves under attack at Miss Goren’s orphanage by the rest of Gower’s vicious child gang and their brutal master, Carmichael (Joe Gilgun).

Next episodes

3. “Raised When You Need Raising”
4. “The Warrens of the Poor”
5. “What Use Our Work?”
6. “The Weight of One Man’s Heart”
7. “Tournament of Shadows”
8. “Suffer the Little Children”


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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Entertainment, People


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Don’t Blame Social Media for Social Unrest

Last week’s horrific London riots have been blamed on everything from solar flares to incredibly good design, but one contributing factor has been villainized above all others: social media.

The Daily Mail ran the headline, “Rioting thugs used Twitter to boost their numbers in thieving store,” and police officials and members of parliament called for a suspension of BlackBerry Messenger service.

But the riots seem to be the iceberg’s tip of social media unrest this week. In the U.S., Twitter-organized flash mobs have been descending on convenience stores and department stores, allowing dozens of congregating vandals to loot goods and then leave, shielded by the anonymity of a crowd. Such mobs have been reportedin D.C., Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. In one case in April, a “gang incited” Twitter mob trashed Venice Beach shops and left a man shot.

Twitter also facilitated what was essentially a denial of service attack on the Compton Sheriff’s station phones on Friday. Rapper “The Game” tweeted the police station’s phone number to his 580,000 followers saying they should call to apply for a music industry internship. As a result, police phone lines were tied up for several hours, affecting 911 service. The rapper may now be facing charges.

Back in the U.K., police are beginning to crack down. On Friday, Essex police arrested a man for sending a BBM text message encouraging people to take part in a mass water-gun fight. And two men from Cheshire have been sentenced to four years in jail for posting Facebook messages inciting rioting and looting. (Their pleas were unsuccessful.)

“Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organized via social media,” Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament after the riots. “Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.”

And there’s the rub.

Twitter and other social media are value-neutral tools, and they can be put to incredibly destructive uses. Let’s never forget, though, that the vast majority of the time social media is used constructively, connecting friends and family, facilitating expression and creativity, and even spawning amazing spontaneous efforts like the volunteer clean-up after the riots.

It’s perfectly legitimate to be concerned over its potentially destructive uses, but let’s be careful what we do about it. Cameron went on to tell parliament that he had asked police if they needed new powers to tackle social media hooliganism. If that includes the ability to shut down new media or restrain people from speaking, that’s a bad idea.

One reason is that police and politicians are not going to be very good at distinguishing between harmless fun flash-mobbing, legitimate political protest, and incitements to crime. They will tend to err on the side of caution—and the side of avoiding any potential controversy at all.

Last week saw a case in point when San Francisco transit authorities shut down cell phone service at some of their subway stations after they got word that a group would be protesting a recent fatal shooting of an unarmed man by BART Police. That’s the kind of preemptive censorship of protestors that Western government railed against this spring when it was Arab regimes pulling the plug.

Police will tend to ignore the overwhelming amount of good that social media facilitates at the first sign of a potential threat. That’s a dangerous tendency, and that’s why governments—democratic or autocratic—should not have the power to pull the plug on communications.

What’s the alternative? Police should police and apprehend and prosecute the small minority of delinquents who use the new tools for ill. There’s uncertainty in that, and a real possibility that new media will be used for crime. It’s also a lot more work for officials. But that is the small price we must pay for a free society.

Jerry Brito is a contributor to TIME. Find him on Twitter at @jerrybrito


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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in News, Issues & Politics, People


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