Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 6

Monday 2 December | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC ONE
Adam Rothenberg plays Captain Homer Jackson

Churches and synagogues are being burnt and desecrated in Whitechapel and Reid suspects the same hand is behind the various attacks – someone who would exploit the fragile peace that exists between East London’s diverse communities and see the streets escalate into sectarian mayhem.

Seeking once more the help of the Jewish mathematician, Isaac Bloom, Reid’s inquiries take him beyond orthodox religious beliefs, however – into the occult, millennial beliefs of those who see the world moving into a great and transforming cataclysm.

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Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 5

Monday 25 November | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC ONE

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

Investigations into the brutal slaying of a Telegraph Boy lift the lid on a vice racket run from the offices of the GPO.

The telegraph ledger leads Reid to the heart of the one of the city’s most august financial institutions, Barings Bank.

It is a trail that will reveal blackmail, looming economic disaster, financial corruption – the great passions shaped in men by both love and gold, and passions that are starkly shaped in Captain Jackson’s life as he seeks ever more perilous means of ridding himself and Continue reading ‘Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 5’ »

Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 4

Monday 18 November |  9.00-10.00pm | BBC ONE

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

After over 20 years in Newgate Gaol, the Irish dynamiter, Aiden Galvin, is sprung from his prison wagon’s journey through Whitechapel.

Barely a day later he has exploded a device beneath the bed of the prominent MP Cecil Knightly, a vociferous opponent of The Home Rule movement. Despite their outward protestations of peace, Chief Inspector Abberline is convinced that the Irish Republican Brotherhood is once more about its work and orders Reid to send the Irish DC Flight undercover into Whitechapel’s Irish community.

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Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 3

Monday 11 November |9.00-10.00pm  | BBC ONE

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

A prominent member of the newly formed London County Council is skillfully abducted from his table at Whitechapel’s Blewett’s Theatre of Varieties, the music hall where Rose Erskine now works as a waitress.

Their investigation brings the recently married Drake back into contact with Rose, the girl who broke his heart. And it also introduces Reid to Councilor Jane Cobden, the first woman ever appointed to the LCC – because it appears the kidnappers are a female gang, and radical supporters of Cobden’s aims.

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Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 2

Monday 4 November |9.00-10.00pm  | BBC ONE

Matthew Macfadyen plays Inspector Edmund ReidOnly hours after she gave birth in its maternity ward, a nameless and seemingly vagrant young woman is found murdered in a stairwell at Whitechapel’s The London Hospital.

The only suggestion of her identity, however, is the strange protrusion at the base of her spine – a vestigial tail. It is a clue which is to take Reid and the team into the shadowy netherworld of the circus freakshows and thence back to The London Hospital to seek help and understanding from its most celebrated resident, Joseph Merrick, aka The Elephant Man. Continue reading ‘Ripper Street – Series 2 – Episode 2’ »

Ripper Street – Series Two – Episode 1

Monday 28 October | 9.00-10.00pm | BBC ONE

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

Jack The Ripper may be fading into memory now, but East London has found no peace; H Division’s beat is more chaotic and lawless than ever.

So when a sergeant from Limehouse’s neighbouring K Division is found, hurled from a Whitechapel tenement window on to the iron railings below, Reid is quick to act. If the police are to be so publicly assaulted on his streets, what hope for law-abiding civilian life?

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Ripper Street series two

Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

East London, 1890. The long shadow of Jack The Ripper may be receding, but the job of preventing Whitechapel from descending into hell has never been harder for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake and Captain Homer Jackson. As the century enters its final decade, recession stalks Great Britain; its preeminent role in the world is under threat. And nowhere are the bloated British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London.

Against a society in rapid decline, the men of H Division battle new crimes – the wickedness of imperial ambition comes home to roost on Whitechapel’s streets in the form of a new drug scourge; a eugenicist stalks the freakshows; a female gang with twice the ferocity of their male counterparts sets itself on vengeance against their industrial tormentors; escaped bombers; energy magnates; and subversive cult Svengalis. All these and more will test Reid and his allies to their very limit – while at every turns they face corruption in their own ranks, from the neighbouring force of Limehouse’s K Division, and its formidable and entirely amoral leader, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine.

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Matthew MacFadyen on Series two of Ripper Street

Matthew MacFadyen (credit BBC/Tiger Aspect)

Where do we pick up with Reid in season two?

When we pick up with Reid he’s no longer with his wife, who has left home, and the audience discovers why during the first episode. They had a very traumatic end to the first series and he’d given her false hope that he’d found their missing daughter. It turned out it wasn’t her and so that was pretty hard for them both and their marriage dissolved. Anyway, he’s on his own and his house is a mess. He sleeps at the office in Leman Street most nights and he’s in quite a lonely and dark place but as always he throws himself into his work and that’s his constant salvation.

What kind of show is Ripper Street?

It’s just wonderful. I think it works really well because it’s a procedural but the characters are so beautifully written that there’s an awful lot of interplay between us all.  This is interesting and great to explore as actors and as an audience. So often you have a story of the week but there’s also a character arc which goes through the whole eight episodes.

What can we expect to see in season two?

There’s a bunch of great stuff. Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) makes an appearance. We witness the beginnings of Chinatown in the East End and the Triads make an appearance. You’ve got eugenics, which was a very strange branch of science which was popular for a while. There’s Fenian terrorism too – there were a lot of bombings. Thre is an episode that deals with that – there’s lots of gripping stuff.

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Ripper Street DVD will be released on March 18, 2013


Gripping and grisly–The Sun

A dark, bloody and twisted series, unlike anything else on british tv–Daily Mail

Beautifully performed, and beautiful to look at – stylish, and stylized”–The Guardian

Haunted by the failure to catch Londonʼs most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division – the toughest police district in the East End. Charged with keeping order in the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel, Reid and his men fi nd themselves fi ghting to uphold justice and the rule of law; but always in the background lurks the fear of the Ripper – is he back for another reign of terror.

The shadow of the Ripper is still felt in the neighbourhood by the vigilantes, the sensation-seeking newspaper hacks and the men who hunted – and failed to find – the notorious murderer. It seems that even though the notorious killer has disappeared, there are plenty more willing to stain the streets of Whitechapel with their victims’ blood…

BONUS FEATURE: WALKING WHITECHAPEL – BEHIND THE SCENES OF RIPPER STREET