New BBC1 drama Ripper Street, which began on Sunday evening boldly reimagines late 1880's Whitechapel as a Wild West outlaw town coping with the aftermath of the Ripper slayings.
Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) and his two mates (Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg) are like the sheriff and two goodies combating a gruesome world where beatings, sexual attacks and murder come at the viewer suddenly and unexpectedly.
Most of the female characters seemed to be either prostitutes or mutilated cadavers and, if that's not enough, last night's first episode ended with the apprehension of a killer making what was essentially a Victorian snuff movie.
Shocking stuff, especially for BBC1, you may think. And it may even be a sign of an ever »
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