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The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper (1988)

| Documentary, Drama | TV Movie
A panel of experts examines the five main suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders and determines which of them is the most likely to have committed the crimes.

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Paul Begg ...
Research expert
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Announcer (as Regis John Cordic)
John Douglas ...
Himself - FBI Special Agent
William Eckert ...
Himself - Forensic Pathologist (as Dr. William Eckert)
Daniel Farson ...
Himself - Author
Martin Fido ...
Himself - Crime Historian
Melvin Harris ...
Himself - Author
Roy Hazelwood ...
Himself - FBI Special Agent
Aaron Kosminski ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jan Leeming ...
Herself - Reporter
Anne Mallalieu ...
Herself - Queen's Counsel
Donald Rumbelow ...
Himself - Crime Historian
Frank Spiering ...
Research expert
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Himself - Host
William Waddell ...
Himself - Scotland Yard
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A panel of experts examines the five main suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders and determines which of them is the most likely to have committed the crimes.

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Peter Ustinov - Host: [on the Queen's dismissing of Prince Albert Victor as a suspect] You approve of Her Majesty's 'rubbish'?
Research expert: [smiles] I would like her as a witness.
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Fun docu-drama
10 March 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE SECRET IDENTITY OF JACK THE RIPPER is a 1988 television movie aiming to provide a fresh look at the facts and theories behind the infamous Whitechapel murders. It's an odd little concoction of reenactment footage, news-style reporting, and round-table debate chaired by the delightful Peter Ustinov.

Surprisingly, all of the above hangs together reasonably well and provides fitfully interesting viewing, although I'm sure that some experts on the case will find the material lacking - this wasn't designed to be definitive, just fun. What I enjoyed most about THE SECRET IDENTITY OF JACK THE RIPPER was the semi-serious approach that brought to mind the delights of BBC'S GHOSTWATCH, with Jan Leeming the recognisable face (as Michael Parkinson was) who grounds the whole thing.


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