When Whicher offers to help a country lady find her niece, he's drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into conflict with his former police colleagues.
A divorce case involving a landowner and his young wife spirals into something darker, drawing Whicher into the heart of the English countryside where he uncovers the most disturbing and destructive of secrets.
In 1860 Scotland Yard's 'Prince of Sleuths' Jack Whicher is sent to rural Wiltshire to investigate the murder of three-year-old Saville Kent,snatched from his bed at night and killed.Saville's nurse Elizabeth Gough is a prime suspect but released for want of evidence though local Superintendant Foley is convinced it is an inside job. Foley gives his help grudgingly,disdainful of 'modern' methods,speculating that Saville woke to see Elizabeth with a lover,possibly Saville's father,an unpopular man. Part of a woman's torn garment is found,stained in blood,and Constance,Kent's sixteen-year-old daughter from his first marriage, claims she lost a night-gown. Dr. Stapleton,the family physician,tells Whicher that Constance,like her mother,is dangerously unstable and jealous of Saville. Both she and younger brother William hate their stepmother Mary,their former nanny,with whom Kent cuckolded their mother. Whicher arrests Constance but fails to get a confession from her and,at her trial,a ... Written by
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Ms.Spencer mentions having previously reported Mary's disappearance at Leman St. police station, where no one was interested. Leman Street was the police station featured in "Ripper Street", a similarly-themed show on the BBC. It was also the headquarters of H Division which investigated the real Jack the Ripper murders. See more »
I came on here to see if others thought this as brilliant as I, and was very disappointed at the negative comments. If I am to stand alone,so be it. From what I've read, this show is based on fact; it is therefore not CSI, or Criminal Minds, where the killer is found (mostly through forensics and DNA testing), and the crime solved and neatly wrapped up with a bow. I somehow feel that that is what many were expecting.
That is why reality TV is so successful. People don't want to watch a show where you have to think, or to watch the crime solver think as well. They want everything solved, or only happy endings. Well you won't get that here. But the show is brilliant done and Mr Whicher portrayed brilliantly by the actor. The actress who portrayed Constance Kent was also exemplary in her role. I found the show interesting, and did not stop once for the whole hour and a half that I watched it online.
It has peaked my interest so much that I am not only going to watch the other episode with Mr Whicher, but I am also going to see if I can find the info on Wikipedia about the Kents, and the murder. Not every show has a happy ending, but when it's based on real life and fact, then we must deal with that and accept it. Life is not always a bed of roses. A very interesting show and I recommend it highly.
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