Set soon after the Jack the Ripper murders, Ripper street is a solid crime drama with decent characters. After 3 episodes it seems to be finding its feet. Detective Inspector Reid is a smart, middle class man with a backstory involving his family and events during the war. Sargent Drake is a local police - more of a blunt instrument right now.
They try to emulate the paranoia of the time - if a woman turns up dead IT COULD BE THE RIPPER!!!. While Inspector Reid is more pragmatic about each case.
They will probably move away from this paranoia and it should become a solid procedural show.
Compared to Copper (co produced by the BBC), Ripper Street is a lot better, in every department
I was a little unsure about this show, but it proved me wrong. The dark and gritty background makes a perfect canvas for the dark times and charactters of thi peticular period. Have to admit I've always had a morbid facination with Jack the Ripper and this show is fast turning into one of my favourites in this genre. Thwe fear of the ripper return that is seeping through in every episode and painfully written on their faces. I really like the writing and the actors in this show,casting did a marvelous job here. Sometimes during the episode I kinda wish I was there, walking down the street in a fancy dress,surrounded by brothels and handsome doctors and policemen. This show easily draws you in and makes you invest time and feeling for Ripper street..
What fool at the BBC has cancelled this terrific series? Just read all the comments on this site to see how right I am. So sorry if they don't change their mind as all the actors on this are TOP CLASS. Particularly sorry for the excellent Damien Molony who has just joined "Ripper Street" as he did a wonderful job on "Being Human" to take over from Aiden Turner, then the show was axed. Really sorry about this, Damien. Keep up your spirits - thousands of us are big fans of you and the shows you are in. I totally agree that every cast member in "Ripper Street" should have an individual award - edge of seat stuff. Come on BBC - how can you let "I'm a Celebrity" rubbish end this amazing show.
Totally engrossing. The writing, directing and acting are superb. Filled with many twists and turns, a look into turn-of-the century London. From Jewish orphanages to brothels and every other kind of criminal element all bent on one thing money and success, power to rule a changing London from the dark ages into the industrial revolution. Brilliant.
I love it, which means it will likely get cancelled, just like Copper. I thought BBC had promise by producing two great historical dramas. Now I realize they are just like any other network -- if they don't get a billion viewers for each episode, they dump the show and replace it with mindless garbage instead. I'm hoping season two of Ripper Street comes soon, unless BBC decides to cancel it first.
BBC does it again with another great story. Amazing period piece work with great sets, story, acting, and unparalleled production values. A police story taking place int he times surrounding and after the Ripper murders. it has little to do with the Ripper murders more about the police, residents and families of the Whitechapel area or London. Completely enthralling, dangerous and sexy.
Ripper street is by far the best show to come from BBC America yet. Dr. Who with David Tennant was the best. Now we have Ripper Street! You sit on the edge of your seat for 75 amazing minutes. Drake, Jackson and Reed all deserve Emmys and or the British equivalent. Copper is a great show but this just goes a bit farther. You feel for every character. My husband and I are very disappointed it is over so soon. We cannot wait for next season! I don't know why it refuses to let me give it a ten that what it deserves!
Ripper Street has it all,excellent cast,superb scripts,realistic sets(1889)Whitechapel district of London, the same area where jolly Jack did his foul deeds the year before. The emphasis being the year before , so if you . (in his detective writing stage),then you've got it. Sat. at 9pm not Sun. Best new show of the season.
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