This show though is quite unique because it takes the ripper story and places it in a contemporary setting - something which I think has never been done before.
Basically we've got a copycat killer who is recreating the Ripper killings in present day London. A premise that could have run thin immediately but the main driving force of the story are the well realised characters. Steve Pemberton as the slightly creepy Ripperologist who becomes involved in the the police investigation is a particular stand out - if ever there was a character that begs for his own series it is this one.
|Creepy Ripperologist bloke|
The climax was clever in that it allowed us to both have our cake and eat it as the Ripper was both seen but allowed to remain unidentified and vanish into nowhere to become a legend as time goes on. The show does though identify the original Ripper, or at least who they think was the original Ripper, and it is builder George Bartlett who may have been the last man to see Mary Kelly alive. Our modern day Ripper commits suicide after being allowed to escape.
|My own piece of creepy Ripperology. Click Image|
There were another two series made of Whitechapel and after this one I'll definitely be seeking them out.
Well researched, glossy, modern, excellently written and acted - a must see in fact