Ripper Street (2012– )

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A new drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders. The infamous H Division - the police precinct charged with keeping order in the district ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Det. Insp. Edmund Reid / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Captain Homer Jackson / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Sgt. Donald Artherton / ... (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Long Susan (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
David Dawson ...
 Fred Best (11 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Rose Erskine / ... (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Jonathan Barnwell ...
 P.C. Dick Hobbs / ... (8 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Chief Inspector Fred Abberline / ... (8 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Emily Reid (7 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Det. Constable Albert Flight / ... (7 episodes, 2013)
Gillian Saker ...
 Bella / ... (7 episodes, 2013)


A new drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders. The infamous H Division - the police precinct charged with keeping order in the district of Whitechapel- is in a chaotic state trying to keep order after a tumultuous time for London and reported infamously worldwide. Written by dcrs

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Jack's crimes will not be forgotten.


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The first and second series of Ripper Street employed 5,000 Irish cast, extras and crew and contributed EUR20m in total to the Irish economy. See more »


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Something slightly different for a BBC drama
4 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of Series One

A bit of a strange one, this: RIPPER STREET is your usual BBC detective drama, with the twist that it's set in London's East End, circa 1889. It's the year after Jack the Ripper's reign of terror, so all the elements of the case, from the prostitutes to the sleaze to the dirt and the petty crime, are present and correct. Meanwhile, the fictionalisation of the material allows for a crime-of-the-week narrative.

I admit, I do find such formats to be a bit constraining when it comes to drama; that's one of the reason I loved the multi-episode stories that THE X-FILES used to do on occasion. Invariably, you get a mixed bag, with some episodes really working (highlights include a snuff photographer and a family of white slavers) and others (political riots) falling flat. The writing isn't always strong, although the three main characters are; in comparison the likes of MyAnne Buring's madam feel one-dimensional.

Still, Matthew Macfadyen is one of those actors with the uncanny ability to appear at ease and comfortable whatever the material. RIPPER STREET isn't really a stretch for him - it's basically a Victorian SPOOKS - but he's by far the best thing in it, even if the character they've given him is a bit dull. Keeping one eye across the Atlantic, there's an American in the cast, Adam Rothenberg, who's quite lively and entertaining, but it's Jerome Flynn who bags the best part.

On the face of it, Flynn is just the muscle (as evinced in the opening boxing match sequence, shamelessly stolen from Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES) but the darkness of his character is exposed as the storyline develops, particularly in the highlight of the series, episode five.

Which leads me onto the list of guest stars. Given that this show is shot on Belfast, down the road from GAME OF THRONES, there are endless supporting roles for people from that show. The actors playing Hodor, Roose Bolton and Ser Barriston Selmy, but the highlight is definitely Iain Glen, who brings Ser Jorah Mormont's softly-spoken charisma to his role here. Glen is a godsend to the show, and episode five is electrifying as a result.

There are flaws with RIPPER STREET - the episodic format feels slightly constrained at times, and there are issues with pacing; it's too fast in some places, yet drags in other scenes of exposition. But I like the darkness of the show, and the way that the central 'heroic' characters happily use torture to further their cause. It's not one of the best series out there, but it is one of the most interesting and I look forward to seeing series two next yet.

Review of Series Two

I've just finished watching the second series of RIPPER STREET, and found out that there won't be a third. I can't say I'm disappointed. The law of diminishing returns has been out in force for this second bite of the apple; my review of the first series holds, except that everything is slightly lesser this time around.

The novelty value has gone, so the scriptwriters should have being more creative with the story lines, but that never happens. Instead, it feels like they're scraping the bottom of the barrel here, like going back to the bare-knuckle boxing stuff with Jerome Flynn. There are some sub-plots that work and occasional flashes of brilliance - the inclusion of the Elephant Man, for instance - but they are few and far between.

This feels padded for the most part. The cohesion and drive of the first series is missing and nobody is stretched acting-wise. Macfadyen looks bored and impatient, Flynn repeats stuff he did previously, and nobody else makes much of an impact. The only decent villain is Joseph Mawle, but the episodes without him in are a real chore to sit through. The scriptwriters play it safe and politically correct and unfortunately the spark that drew me the first time around is missing. Is it a pity it's not coming back? I'd have to say no, not really; my time with RIPPER STREET is done.

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