There are few serial killers as infamous as Jack the Ripper. The simple fact that his killing spree remains unsolved is the stuff of legend. A new show coming from BBC One is looking to add a procedural spin to the famous tale. Are you ready to visit “Ripper Street”?
Starring Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn, “Ripper Street” is a brand new original British drama for BBC One.
April 1889 – six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer’s reign of terror might at last have run its course. Nowhere is this truer than in the corridors of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men hunted this maniac and failed to find him.
“Ripper Street” is their story. A police procedural set in the teeming streets of the East End as it moves into the last decade of the 19th Century. H Division was responsible for policing a relatively small area of just 1¼ square miles; yet, into that space were packed some 67,000 people, a seething, bustling mass of the poor and dispossessed.
“Ripper Street” is not another backward-looking “Hunt the Ripper” story but a fictionalized trek into the heart of a London borough living in the blood-soaked aftermath of that forever anonymous killer. It is an investigative procedural about dedicated policemen for whom life – and crime – go on.
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