A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.


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Series cast summary:
 DI Joseph Chandler / ... (18 episodes, 2009-2013)
 DS Ray Miles / ... (18 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Edward Buchan (18 episodes, 2009-2013)
 DC Emerson Kent / ... (18 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Dr. Caroline Llewellyn (17 episodes, 2009-2013)
 DC Finley Mansell / ... (15 episodes, 2010-2013)
 DC Megan Riley (12 episodes, 2012-2013)

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Set in 2008 and against the hugely atmospheric background of Whitechapel, London, a modern police force are fighting an old adversary. A series of bloody, tragic and impossible crimes would suggest someone is carrying out copycat Jack the Ripper murders. The murders are investigated by our three unlikely heroes: Chandler, a fast-tracked, media savvy DI on his first big murder case; Miles, nearing retirement, a front-line, hard-bitten DS, and Buchan, the eccentrically brilliant Jack the Ripper tour guide. Written by anonymous

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The nightmare begins again


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2 February 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Das Syndikat der Brüder Kray  »

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(3 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Season 1, real offal was used for the 'gore' on the murdered prostitutes and would develop quite a stench. In Season 2 onwards, prosthetics and make up were used instead. See more »


The Met don't use interview rooms with two way mirrors. That's an Americanism. See more »


Featured in Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) See more »

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Gritty and Wonderful Police Drama
22 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to pick up this program on my "free on-demand" cable program. I found it gritty and so different from the usual police drama with a cookie cutter plot.

Beginning with a Jack the Ripper copycat was a stroke of genius. The twists and turns kept me interested and involved in the drama. Two issues were going on: The new, obsessive-compulsive boss takes over and the detectives don't like it one bit. Plus the killings keep them on their feet and the focus is on thinking their way through the crime book of Jack the Ripper. Wonderful drama! I also like the character of the "ripperologist" who helps them out. I love the quirky personalities of the people involved and how they have to work together to find the real killer. Also a big surprise.

The second part about the Krays was a bit less interesting. I mean, how can you follow up after Jack the Ripper? But the drama was still there. I see that there will be another season in 2012. I sincerely hope they keep up the good work of tying in the historical element.

They could even have a copycat Henry the VIII! That would be very cool indeed.

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