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Jack the Ripper 

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1988)
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.




Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Michael Caine ...  Inspector Frederick Abberline 2 episodes, 1988
Armand Assante ...  Richard Mansfield 2 episodes, 1988
Ray McAnally ...  Sir William Gull 2 episodes, 1988
Lewis Collins ...  Sergeant George Godley 2 episodes, 1988
Ken Bones ...  Robert James Lees 2 episodes, 1988
Susan George ...  Catherine Eddowes 2 episodes, 1988
Jane Seymour ...  Emma 2 episodes, 1988
Harry Andrews ...  Coroner Wynne Baxter 2 episodes, 1988
Lysette Anthony ...  Mary Jane Kelly 2 episodes, 1988
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Rodman 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Armitage ...  Sergeant Kerby 2 episodes, 1988
Desmond Askew ...  Copy Boy 2 episodes, 1988
Trevor Baxter ...  Lanyon 2 episodes, 1988
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Castle Ann Castle ...  Lady Gull 2 episodes, 1988
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ...  Annie Chapman 2 episodes, 1988
Jon Croft Jon Croft ...  Mr. Thackeray 2 episodes, 1988
Angela Crow Angela Crow ...  Liz Stride 2 episodes, 1988
Kelly Cryer ...  Annette 2 episodes, 1988
Marc Culwick Marc Culwick ...  Prince Albert Victor 2 episodes, 1988
John Dair John Dair ...  Isenschmid 2 episodes, 1988
Roy Evans Roy Evans ...  Doorkeeper 2 episodes, 1988
John Fletcher John Fletcher ...  P.C. Watkins 2 episodes, 1988
Sheridan Forbes Sheridan Forbes ...  Millie 2 episodes, 1988
Hugh Fraser ...  Sir Charles Warren 2 episodes, 1988
Martin Friend ...  Newsvendor 2 episodes, 1988
Christopher Fulford ...  Beggar / ... 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Gothard ...  George Lusk 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce Green Bruce Green ...  Pizer 2 episodes, 1988
Ricci Harnett ...  Pickpocket 2 episodes, 1988
Ronald Hines ...  Henry Matthews 2 episodes, 1988
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Assistant Commissioner 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ...  Dr. Llewellyn 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes ...  Mr. Paulson 2 episodes, 1988
Frank Jarvis 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 Mike Lewin ...  Duty Guard 2 episodes, 1988
Rod Lewis Rod Lewis ...  Mortician 2 episodes, 1988
Gary Love ...  Derek 2 episodes, 1988
George Malpas ...  Old Man 2 episodes, 1988
Eric Mason Eric Mason ...  Publican 2 episodes, 1988
Bernadette Milnes Bernadette Milnes ...  Woman in Doorway 2 episodes, 1988
Jonathan Moore Jonathan Moore ...  Benjamin Bates 2 episodes, 1988
Richard Morant ...  Dr. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
T.P. McKenna ...  O'Connor 2 episodes, 1988
John Normington ...  Dresser 2 episodes, 1988
Ronald Nunnery Ronald Nunnery ...  Davis 2 episodes, 1988
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Mrs. Acland 2 episodes, 1988
Neville Phillips ...  Cabinet Secretary 2 episodes, 1988
Iain Rattray Iain Rattray ...  Tough Cop 2 episodes, 1988
David Ryall ...  Bowyer 2 episodes, 1988
Gary Shail 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 Norman Warwick ...  Richardson 2 episodes, 1988
Brian Weske ...  Porter 2 episodes, 1988


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 movie 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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The hunt is on for the world's most infamous murderer.


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Did You Know?


This was produced to air on the centennial of the actual Whitechapel killings. In 1988, many scholars of the crimes considered royal physician Sir William Gull as one of the prime suspects. In the following thirty years, a new suspect, American doctor Francis Tumblety, became the prime suspect. He was known to show his guests preserved human organs. He would later escape to France and then to New York City where records show that, for reasons unknown, he was under surveillance. He fleed to the Caribbean where a similar series of killings occurred in Kingston, and then to Central America where another series of killings occurred in Managua. He later returned to the United States, where he died. See more »


An ad for Nestle's condensed milk can be seen on a double decker coach early in the second half. Alhough Nestle's is thought of as a Swiss company, its origins of the product go back as early as 1866 -1867 when American Charles Page, U.S.-Swiss consul, and his brother George Page,established the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Cham, Switzerland. Their first British operation was opened at Chippenham, Wiltshire, in 1873. It eventually merged and evolved into Nestle's Milk Chocolate in 1904-1905. See more »


[Chief Superintendent Arnold is complaining to Abberline about the press reports]
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: I'm not responsible for the papers!
DCS Arnold: No, you're responsible to me! And I want this case closed, Inspector!
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: Yes, and why is that, Chief Superintendent? Mary Nicholls was a shilling whore. She wasn't killed for money, she didn't have any, her neighbours don't remember any enemies, and according to the doctor, she wasn't even sexually assaulted, yet somebody tore her to pieces in the streets!
DCS Arnold: So find him.
Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline: Do you want the ...
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Alternate Versions

Both parts were re-framed in 1.78:1 aspect ratio for the Blu-ray editions. See more »


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Champagne Ivy
anonymously written song sung twice by Miriam Hopkins in the 1932 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
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2 March 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

I hate to admit this, but I have always been fascinated with Jack the Ripper. I have probably seen every movie and special about his crimes and have read quite a few books as well. There have been many movies made on the case (one was directed by Alfred Hitchcock). My favorite was an episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller tv show called "Yours Truly Jack the Ripper". It was written by Robert Bloch the man who wrote Psycho. This miniseries was a delight to watch and Michael Caine gives a wonderful performance as Inspector Abberline. They do a great job of re-creating the horrid living conditions in the East End of London. The only let down for me was the way this film ended. I wont give it away but I was hoping they would be original about who our boy Jack really was. Instead, the theory they propose is an old one and I feel it is preposterous. Other then that, this is a great film and I wish that they would put it out on video.

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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack el destripador See more »

Filming Locations:

Belper, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »


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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts) | (2 parts) (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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