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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Complete series cast summary:
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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

For dramatic effect, the scene where Richard Mansfield changes on stage shows him transitioning from Jekyll to (the more monstrous) Hyde. In reality, Mansfield's transformation was the opposite, from Hyde to Jekyll (more consistent with the depicted scene in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel), and involved standing beneath theatre lights, which made him sweat enough for his make-up to run off his face. A simple, but effective, illusion that, by all accounts, still startled the late-Victorian audience. See more »

Goofs

None of the uniformed policemen were shown as having been from Whitechapel's H-Division, for all of their badges were marked with a J. In actual fact, J-Division covers Bethnal Green, not Whitechapel. See more »

Quotes

Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: [to reporter] One spark and the whole east end of London goes up just like that
[snaps his finger]
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A Bloody Good Movie !
24 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen many ripper movies out there that haven't been made with a fantasy aspect to them, "Time After Time" comes to mind, but this movie actually tells the story of the first serial killer and makes a murder mystery out of it. Depicted through the eyes of Inspector Abberline, played by the wonderful Michael Caine, this movie is actually supposed to be based on the re-opened files of the case in Scotland Yard and the research on them by today's for-most experts in Criminology. Whether that assertation is true or not is up to the viewer, but this movie does end with a fanciful theory and several fine performances by Jane Seymour, Armand Assante and others. The parallels and connections to the novel/play "Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" are creative, bold, and clever. The sets and scenery of the period are exquisite and actually add to the atmosphere of the movies. The killing recreations thankfully don't have the distaste of slasher films and the overall style reminds me of the Liz Montgomery movie, "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" which also like this movie masterfully created the incidents of an infamous crime in period costume and ended with a new hypothetical theory. Even without closure in either crimes, both cases continue to inspire creative movies.


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