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The Victorian crime drama may, in its worst moments, be little more than a hackneyed prototype CSI – but the terrific cast makes it worth coming back for more

At one point during the opening episode of Ripper Street on BBC One, and now also BBC America, you would have been forgiven for thinking that you'd accidentally stumbled across a kind of desperately ill-advised late-Victorian cockney parody of The A-Team. The Oi-Team, if you will.

The characters certainly seemed to fit the bill. Matthew Macfayden was as staunch and businesslike as Hannibal had ever been. Adam Rothenberg was a smooth-talking ladies' man in the style of Face. And, given that he basically did nothing but punch people in the mouth all the time, Jermone Flynn was BA Baracus. Midway through the episode, our three heroes found themselves trapped in a burning darkroom. Their method of escape? Exploding their way out with a pile of improvised gunpowder. »

- Stuart Heritage

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