Jack the Ripper (1988– )

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A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen.

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 Inspector Frederick Abberline (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Richard Mansfield (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Sir William Gull (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Sergeant George Godley (2 episodes, 1988)
Ken Bones ...
 Robert James Lees (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Catherine Eddowes (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Emma (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Coroner Wynne Baxter (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Mary Jane Kelly (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Rodman (2 episodes, 1988)
Peter Armitage ...
 Sergeant Kerby (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Copy Boy (2 episodes, 1988)
Trevor Baxter ...
 Lanyon (2 episodes, 1988)
Mike Carnell ...
 Newsvendor (2 episodes, 1988)
Ann Castle ...
 Lady Gull (2 episodes, 1988)
Deirdre Costello ...
 Annie Chapman (2 episodes, 1988)
Jon Croft ...
 Mr. Thackeray (2 episodes, 1988)
Angela Crow ...
 Liz Stride (2 episodes, 1988)
Kelly Cryer ...
 Annette (2 episodes, 1988)
Marc Culwick ...
 Prince Albert Victor (2 episodes, 1988)
John Dair ...
 Isenschmid (2 episodes, 1988)
Roy Evans ...
 Doorkeeper (2 episodes, 1988)
John Fletcher ...
 P.C. Watkins (2 episodes, 1988)
Sheridan Forbes ...
 Millie (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Sir Charles Warren (2 episodes, 1988)
Martin Friend ...
 Newsvendor (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Beggar / ... (2 episodes, 1988)
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 George Lusk (2 episodes, 1988)
Bruce Green ...
 Pizer (2 episodes, 1988)
Rikki Harnet ...
 Pickpocket (2 episodes, 1988)
Ronald Hines ...
 Henry Matthews (2 episodes, 1988)
Denys Hawthorne ...
 Assistant Commissioner (2 episodes, 1988)
Michael Hughes ...
 Dr. Llewellyn (2 episodes, 1988)
Peter Hughes ...
 Mr. Paulson (2 episodes, 1988)
Frank Jarvis ...
 1st Passer by (2 episodes, 1988)
Edward Judd ...
 DCS Arnold (2 episodes, 1988)
Gertan Klauber ...
 Diemschutz (2 episodes, 1988)
Jon Laurimore ...
 Inspector Spratling (2 episodes, 1988)
Mike Lewin ...
 Duty Guard (2 episodes, 1988)
Rod Lewis ...
 Mortician (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Derek (2 episodes, 1988)
George Malpas ...
 Old Man (2 episodes, 1988)
Eric Mason ...
 Publican (2 episodes, 1988)
Bernadette Milnes ...
 Woman in Doorway (2 episodes, 1988)
Jonathan Moore ...
 Benjamin Bates (2 episodes, 1988)
Richard Morant ...
 Dr. Acland (2 episodes, 1988)
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 O'Connor (2 episodes, 1988)
John Normington ...
 Dresser (2 episodes, 1988)
Ronald Nunnery ...
 Davis (2 episodes, 1988)
Sandra Payne ...
 Mrs. Acland (2 episodes, 1988)
Neville Phillips ...
 Cabinet Secretary (2 episodes, 1988)
Iain Rattray ...
 Tough Cop (2 episodes, 1988)
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 Bowyer (2 episodes, 1988)
Gary Shail ...
 Pimp (2 episodes, 1988)
Gerald Sim ...
 Dr. Bagster Phillips (2 episodes, 1988)
George Sweeney ...
 John Netley (2 episodes, 1988)
David Swift ...
 Lord Salisbury (2 episodes, 1988)
Norman Warwick ...
 Richardson (2 episodes, 1988)
Brian Weske ...
 Porter (2 episodes, 1988)
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Storyline

During the latter half of 1888, a notorious serial killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London by murdering prostitutes in a terribly violent way. Public outrage follows. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline is assigned to the case but finds that it is not just a simple murder enquiry. Based on a real life event, this film claims to have had access to top secret Home Office files and believe that their ending is the correct solution to the age old mystery. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Trivia

Michael Caine was persuaded to return to TV for the first time in nearly 20 years because of David Wickes's powerful script. Caine later described Wickes as "the nicest, fastest Director I've worked for, and the master of filming Victorian London." See more »

Goofs

Catharine Eddowes and Mary Kelly are wearing glamorous clothing and look middle-class, when in fact they were down-at-heel unfortunates. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. George Godley: [after Abberline's rant against Lusk] That was a bit harsh, wasn't it?
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: Only a bit? I must be losing my touch!
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Referenced in Biography: Jack the Ripper: Phantom of Death (1995) See more »

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A very well presented, if historically inaccurate account
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a slickly produced effort, although the claims that it may represent the definitive answer to the mystery are extremely tenuous. The plot is watered-down version of the masonic conspiracy theory, in which William Gull, the queen's doctor, committed the murders to silence a group of east end prostitutes attempting to blackmail the government. The more simple premise of the film is that Gull was simply a deranged psychopath. Yet this already three hour production benefits from this by turning it into a classic whodunit. The suspects it puts forward generally weren't regarded as such at the time, but this matters little thanks to the general quality of the production. There are a numbers of "gaffs" in the film regarding historical accuracy:

Annie Chapman is seen photographed at the murder site in Hanbury street. This never happened.

Prince Albert Victor is mentioned as Duke of Clarence and Avondale. He never assumed these titles until 1891.

There is a bloodhound visible at the scene of Mary Kelly's murder. While there were rumours dogs were to be used, ultimately they weren't.

Emma Prentice, Inspector Abberline's love interest declares a picture she is drawing is "for strand magazine". Strand magazine wasn't first published until 1892, four years after the film is set.


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