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2014 | 2013

5 items from 2013


'Ripper Street' returns: The stars on violence, Guinness and giggling

28 October 2013 5:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One's period-drama-with-bite is back - Ripper Street returns tonight with a series premiere that features addictive opiates, the Elephant Man, dastardly villains, eye-watering gruesomeness and more than one brawl.

Ahead of series two's premiere, the boys of Ripper Street - Matthew Macfadyen (Det. Inspector Reid), Jerome Flynn (Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake) and Adam Rothenberg (Captain Homer Jackson) - talk violence, bromance, Guinness and giggling...

Ripper Street series two is "weightier", "more mature" and comfortable "in its own skin"

"It's less crime-of-the-week," says Jerome. "There's through-lines with all the characters that spread over the eight episodes, which come together beautifully at the end. That's a really exciting part of it - it's ongoing drama."

The show remains unflinching when it comes to blood, guts and on-screen violence

"The show is called Ripper Street," argues Adam. "it would have to be that violent, that hard. It's life and death.

"Usually [shows in] this time period. »

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Ripper Street 1.8: ‘What Use Our Work?’ Review

25 February 2013 2:33 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The final episode of Ripper Street’s first series seemed like it would be a tense mismatch of Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) seeking his freedom, following being set up by his former arch-nemesis Frank Goodnight (Edoardo Ballerini) to make it seem that Jackson was Jack the Ripper all along, and Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) finally having an episode focused upon the loss of his daughter, possibly even reaching a conclusion over her disappearance.

The episode opens with H Division divided. Many mourning the death of young Hobbs (Jonathan Barnwell), Jackson imprisoned, the usually symbiotic duo of Reid and Drake (Jerome Flynn) broken. Reid seeks solace in the bed of Miss Goren (Lucy Cohu) whilst his righthand-man Drake seeks solace in the bottom of many pints and Jackson is left in his cell alone apart from his thoughts and occasional visits from Reid. Everything is in tatters, for the stability »

- Stu Whittaker

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Ripper Street Episode 7 Review: A Man Of My Company

18 February 2013 3:25 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Last night we saw the penultimate episode of Ripper Street unfold, and what a tragic day it was for Whitechapel’s H Division. An ominous episode, was A Man Of My Company, that was littered with twists and secrecy focused around the mysterious past of Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and his companion and love, Long Susan (MyAnna Buring).

The sixth episode, Tournament Of Shadows, questioned the identity of Homer Jackson, as Constantine claimed he was not who he says and that he was not a Pinkerton. Also the ring, inscribed with the name of Matthew Judge, that appeared in the second episode (In My Protection) pointed to Jackson being this man Judge, the man whom the Pinkerton’s have been searching for. The situation is exacerbated at the opening of ‘A Man of My Company’ when an American businessman Theodore P. Swift (Ian McElhinney, another actor pulled out of »

- Stu Whittaker

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TV Review: Ripper Street Episode 1.5, ‘The Weight Of One Man’s Heart’

29 January 2013 7:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Finally, Ripper Street had an episode entirely dedicated to my favourite character, Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn). Drake usually takes his place as Di Edmund Reid’s (Matthew Macfadyen) right hand man, the muscle to Reid’s intellect, but this week he was liberated from his position behind Reid, he was at the forefront of the episode. It revolves around Drake’s secret pasts, hinted in the second episode (In My Protection) as being rooted in Egypt, and a traumatising event that took place whilst he was there.

The episode opened with the intercut shots of Drake shaving and applying aftershave, ready to go on a date with the prostitute Rose (Charlene McKenna), and the scene of a man preparing his rifle in a military grade routine of precision and efficiency. At the end of the sequence the gunman takes aim at his target – the horse pulling a carriage. »

- Stu Whittaker

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TV Review: Ripper Street Episode 1.4, ‘The Good Of This City’

21 January 2013 8:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

On the 9th of January, the London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary, it wasn’t long before Ripper Street’s forth episode, ‘The Good of this City’, portrayed the birth of the electric railway to coincide with its exploration of Victorian culture. The birth of the electric railway occurred in 1890 but I’m sure we can overlook the fact the narrative takes place in 1889, so far in this sensational shows run we have seen scientific procedures, telegraphs, video photograph, autopsies and policing that stands on the brink of revolutionary during the Victorian age; this is part of what entertains and intrigues us whilst viewing.

The Good of the City opens with brothel owner, and love interest of our resident American wonder-surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), Long Susan (MyAnna Buring) showing around a prospective employee telling her of the houses ability to offer her protection that she would lack in the outside world. »

- Stu Whittaker

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