Ripper Street

New drama for BBC One starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg

Ripper Street

Date: 28.11.2012     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.21
Category: BBC One; Drama
Ripper Street is a new drama for BBC One set in the East End of London as it moves into the last decade of the 19th century.

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.

Between the factories, rookeries, chop shops and pubs that mark out this maelstrom moves Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) – a forward thinking detective haunted by a tragic past mistake. Accompanied by the ever loyal local brawn of Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) and the mercurial brilliance of the US Army surgeon and one-time Pinkerton detective, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), Reid seeks to bring justice to a world that is forever on the brink of mayhem.

Ripper Street is a fictionalised 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.

DI Edmund Reid - Matthew Macfadyen, DS Bennet Drake - Jerome Flyn, Captain Homer Jackson - Adam Rothenberg, Long Susan - Myanna Buring, Emily Reid - Amanda Hale, Deborah Goren - Lucy Cohu, Rose - Charlene McKenna, Constable Dick Hobbs - Jonathan Barnwell, Sergeant Donald Artherton - David Wilmot, Fred Best - David Dawson, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline - Clive Russell.