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:
Rupert Penry-Jones ...  DI Joseph Chandler / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Phil Davis ...  DS Ray Miles / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Steve Pemberton ...  Edward Buchan 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Sam Stockman ...  DC Emerson Kent / ... 18 episodes, 2009-2013
Claire Rushbrook ...  Dr. Caroline Llewellyn 17 episodes, 2009-2013
Ben Bishop ...  DC Finley Mansell / ... 15 episodes, 2010-2013
Hannah Walters ...  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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UK

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English

Release Date:

2 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Syndikat der Brüder Kray See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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(3 parts)

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the characters names are based on real suspects and victims of the original Jack the Ripper case. See more »

Goofs

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

Alternate Versions

The BBC U.S. DVD release under the box title of "Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns" features the first three episodes with a running time of 136 minutes. The program on the disc gives the title as simply "Whitechapel." See more »

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Gritty and Wonderful Police Drama
22 December 2011 | by ZoZo13See 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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