By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/20/13 – BBC America’s exciting new mini-series Ripper Street debuted on last night, January 19th, to an anticipated audience as a part of BBC’s Golden Globe nominated Dramaville franchise. Set in Whitechapel in London’s East Side in 1889 six months after the famous Jack the Ripper murders Ripper Street tells the story of the exhaustive hunt and the town’s inability to find the illustrious murderer. The men of H. Division are responsible for policing a primarily poor and homeless population. When murders start cropping up again they wonder if Jack has returned or are there are imitators following in Jack’s footsteps?
Created by Richard Warlow of Waking the Dead fame, he describes the series as each episode being a stand-alone murder mystery, “…each week will be a stand-alone crime that is solved. The whole idea for us setting out on this journey was to really try and actually discard Jack the Ripper, at least in terms of wondering who he was and trying to catch him.” The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina, The Three Musketeers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones, Ain’t Misbehavin’) and Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz, Mad Money). In a recent interview at the TCA press tour, Matthew Macfadyen described his desire to play the character Inspector, Edmund Reid, “I just I sort of liked him, and I found him interesting. There’s a lot under the surface bubbling away…”
This is a contemporary show told during the Victorian era and is loosely based on real people and real events, it offers gripping tales of murder, suspicion, fear and rumor and is filled with copycats, crooked journalists, and police who are trying desperately to keep order and are still haunted by their failure to catch one of the world’s most notorious killers.
Tune in to BBC America on Saturday nights at 9pm to be a part of the bloody Victorian aftermath of Jack the Ripper on Ripper Street.