Ripper 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).
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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