Review: Ripper Street (S4 E7/7), Monday 3rd October, BBC2

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Programme Name: Ripper Street S4 - TX: 03/10/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 7) - Picture Shows: Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

So what is the secret of the Whitechapel Golem? If this was EA Poe, it could be a gorilla with a straight razor; if it were Dr Who, it could be a giant rat from the sewers; but this is Ripper Street, so it’s likely to be something at once more monstrous and more human. We know there are two threads bound to be tied up this week; the mystery killer in whose place Bloom was executed, and Susan’s plot to rob the Customs House, retrieve her child and flee the country. Against this background, Drake and Reid, once friends and colleagues, are bound to clash.

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E6/7), Monday 25th September, BBC1

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Programme Name: Ripper Street  S4 - TX: 26/09/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 6) - Picture Shows:  Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

There’s a ghost in the house, and it’s Long Susan – officially she’s dead, but when Rose sees her hanging around her child Connor, even Drake thinks she’s imagining it. Mathilda’s on hand to watch Connor, but who’s watching her? There’s some sort of wolf-creature on the loose in Whitechapel, and it’s already killed once, slaying Drake’s protege Thomas Gower – and maybe the rabbi Ratowski as well?

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E5/7), Monday 19th September, BBC2

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Programme Name: Ripper Street  S4 - TX: 19/09/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Edmund Reid (MATTHEW MACFADYEN), Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

When your idea of a romantic evening is paddling up the Thames with a bottle of plonk, you know you’ve reached a pretty low ebb. For Jackson and Susan – who has already murdered to preserve the secret of her escape from the gallows – it’s the last roll of the dice. They must surely leave the country or die trying.

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E4/7), Monday 12th September, BBC2

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Programme Name: Ripper Street  S4 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 4) - Picture Shows:  Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN), Edmund Reid (MATTHEW MACFADYEN) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

The legend of Jack the Ripper has always ascribed almost supernatural qualities to the serial murderer, hence Ripper Street has always been suffused with otherworldly suggestion. This episode falls under the shadow of the most feared and legendary of spectral terrors – the vampire.

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E3/7), Monday 5th September, BBC1

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E2/7), Monday 29th August, BBC2

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Programme Name: Ripper Street S4 - TX: 29/08/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Homer Jackson (ADAM ROTHENBERG) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

The docks have become a character in their own right in this series of Ripper Street; at the opening of this episode a dockworker’s daughter jumps to her death, presumably dragged  down by the lead weights in the hems of her skirts. But these watery matters must wait, as Dove and Drake have to fend off Constantine of Special Branch, eager to take their prisoner Hafeez for questioning over a supposed Muslim plot. Did Hafeez kill lawyer Al-Qadir? Drake’s afraid that Constantine will resort to torturing Hafeez – waterboarding, presumably, or some Victorian variation thereof.

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Review: Ripper Street (S4 E1/7), Monday 22nd August, BBC1

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Programme Name: Ripper Street  S4 - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. Iconic) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Long Susan (MYANNA BURING), Homer Jackson (ADAM ROTHENBERG), Edmund Reid (MATTHEW MACFADYEN), Bennet Drake (JEROME FLYNN), Croker (DAVID THRELFALL) - (C) Tiger Aspect 2016 - Photographer: Bernard Walsh

(C) Tiger Aspect 2016 – Photographer: Bernard Walsh

Such was the uncertainty surrounding the continuation of Ripper Street, that it has returned to BBC2 fairly unheralded. We’re certainly glad to see it back, as in terms of production values and novelty alone, it’s way ahead of most other current detective dramas.   Continue reading