Ripper Street, the period drama focusing on a group of police officers fighting crime in London’s notorious Whitechapel district during the late nineteenth century, will be returning to BBC One at the end of October, with a US airing not too far behind.
Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The series follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. 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.
And, even though the shadow of the Ripper murders may be receding, it doesn’t mean that east London has found any peace.
Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothberg are all back as crime solving trio Detective Edmund Reid, Detective Bennett Drake and Captain Homer Jackson in the second installment of the popular series. This time, they’ll also be joined by Being Human star Damien Molony as a new detective who’s clearly (as you’ll see in the trailer below) carrying around his own secrets with him.
Set in 1890, the second season begins as Jackson discovers a new opiate on the streets of Whitechapel from the nearby newly emergent Chinatown in K Division, Limehouse, led by the amoral Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine. Dun dun dun…
Watch the first trailer for Series 2 below and see what you think:
Looks pretty good, huh? Americans can expect to see the new series of Ripper Street for themselves beginning December 1 on BBC America.
Who’s looking forward to the new season?