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DI Joseph Chandler, a police officer on the fast track, is assigned to Whitechapel CID. In his first big murder investigation, the man Chandler was after was no ordinary killer; he was copying the murders committed by Jack the Ripper in the 1880s. With the help of self-proclaimed Ripperologist Edward Buchan and DS Ray Miles, Chandler sought to catch the killer before he emulated Jack's final kill, never to be seen again. In the second story, the team trailed a serial killer who appeared to be targeting people who had crossed the Kray twins, gangsters who dominated the East End in the 1950s and 1960s. In subsequent investigations, the detectives were confronted with several bizarre murders, each of which emulated horrors from the distant past.

Whitechapel was a Carnival films production for ITV.


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  • Jack the Ripper!

    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.

  • As usual, the Brits deliver.

    Grisly murders, weird and wonderful characters, more than a hint of an underlying, occult evil and the top notch acting you expect from a British TV drama. How could it possibly fail to be enjoyable?

    Rupert Penryth-Jones and Phil Davis are both excellent, as is always the case, and the supporting cast isn't far behind. The cases they encounter are delightfully convoluted and the dark and spooky atmosphere is created very effectively on a budget which might suffice to pay for 60 seconds of special effects animation in Hollywood.

    If I have one negative criticism it is that DI Chandler's affliction is somewhat exaggerated, in the sense that it seems so severe it would be a drawback, not an advantage, in his work. Still, that's just a niggle.moreless
  • We think it's getting better and better!

    We accidentally stumbled across this program a couple years ago and have been really enjoying it! Stories have improved and the characters have developed over time, but I hope they keep the British low-budgetness about it and don't try to overdo effects. It's got something for everybody; it's a sci-fi drama detective show stuffed inside a mystery series. It's quirky and fun - you can't take it seriously. Relax and enjoy it for what it is - great British entertainment!moreless
  • Whitechapel

    My wife, a nurse and I, a teacher and family counselor, have immensely enjoyed the content of Whitechapel. We have appreciated the various personality types and how they clash and yet, often times bond with each other. However, the one negative that we found in the program was the inappropriate use of Jesus Christ on several different occasions. As Christians we would appreciate it if the writers would have respect for His name in future Whitechapel programs. Hopefully, this matter will be corrected so that we can highly recommend this series to others.moreless
  • clever idea that gets patchy

    the first couple of stories are very interesting, but then the idea starts getting silly

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