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Review Becky Lea 11 Sep 2013 - 18:15
Whitechapel continues its foray into the supernatural with episode two of its fourth series. Here's Becky's review...
This review contains spoilers.
Whitechapel continued in fine form with a spooky conclusion to last week’s opening episode, taking in witchcraft, spycraft and mouldy bread which is not as odd a combination as it initially might seem. It turns out there is something rotting in the district of Whitechapel...
Opening with a wonderfully over-dramatic introduction to witchcraft by Buchan, the second episode continued the creepy atmosphere that the first instalment had carefully built up. It worked in the horror techniques expertly, weaving psychological suspense in with some good old-fashioned gore in the autopsy scenes and a couple of shock tactics to create a nicely spooky episode. Moving shadows, shots lasting only a few frames and a deep, brooding score were techniques utilised effectively, ensuring that individual »
Following the success of one-off Victorian drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, aka The Murder at Road Hill House, shown on British television in 2011, a follow up was commissioned. Again it stars Paddy Considine as the title character and again it’s based on a book by Kate Summerscale, but unlike the infamous story of Constance Kent, The Murder in Angel Lane is entirely fictitious. Angel Lane is set several years after the 1860 case that ruined Jack Whicher’s career in the Police force. Whicher is now working as an occasional private detective and living in modest, if not squalid conditions. He is a different character now, a paranoid, broken man, disheveled and ignored.
Lucinda Wright thankfully returns as costume designer having done such a spectacular job first time around (read our original interview Here). The tone and palette is murkier, with London itself the primary backdrop rather than the rural South West. »
- Chris Laverty
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