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

Last week’s conclusion of the two-part opener left us with more questions than answers. Did Bloom actually kill the rabbi, and if so why? Will Long Susan leave the country, or will we see tested the old saw that you can’t be hanged twice for the same crime? And will Reid be happy returning to…

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

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…

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

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.  

Amazon cancels Ripper Street

Ripper Street, that good-looking Victorian police show starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg about life in Whitechapel immediately after the Jack The Ripper murders, has been cancelled by Amazon, it was reported today. The fourth series recently debuted on Amazon earlier this year (and will come to the BBC later this year), and…

Five things series three of Ripper Street got right

We’re great fans of Ripper Street here at The Killing Times, and were thrilled when the BBC’s cancellation of the series was remedied by its swift adoption by Amazon. But has series three kept up the standard? There has been twists, turns, character development and interesting stories told coherently and very well. With the series three finale…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E7/8), Friday 11th September, BBC1

Susan Hart’s misdeeds are closing in on her, as the miraculously recovered Inspector Reid recovers his detective mojo, and Jackson is fingerprinting the gun that shot Reid. Obsidian, the property empire run by Capshaw, has run out of control with his death; Susan fears that the contractors on a new tenement project are taking over…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E6/8), Friday 4th September, BBC1

So, the apparently superhuman Inspector Reid is out of his coma, indeed back in action; but what could have dragged him into Leman Street nick in the middle of a rain-swept night? Radio Times critic Alison Graham accuses Ripper Street of being gratuitously unpleasant, and when it opens with a shot of Constable Atherton’s gout-afflicted foot,…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E5/8), Friday 28th August, BBC1

Susan having shot Reid and killed Capshaw to cover her own crimes, she now nurses Reid who hovers between life and death as Whitechapel goes to hell. We always had the feeling that Reid would at some stage get written out of the series, so with his daughter now saved, we were a bit surprised that…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E4/8), Friday 21st August, BBC1

Though Reid seems to have got away with killing his daughter Mathilda’s captor Buckley, Drake now has to bring him out of hiding to find out whether Mathilda is in fact still alive. Reid has been closing in on Susan and Capshaw for the train heist, so Mathilda is their leverage; but rather than be shipped…

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E3/8), Friday 14th August, BBC1

With Reid in hiding after he killed his daughter’s captor Buckley, Drake is left to tackle the case of a fraudulent medium who is exploiting relatives of the train crash victims. When fake medium LeCheyne (Jason Manford, looking unnervingly like Gio Compario), dies of poisoning during a séance at Blewitt’s Music Hall (no, he didn’t see…

David Threlfall to star in season 4 of Ripper Street

Our Chris is enjoying the third series of Ripper Street (go here if you’d like to read his reviews), which got its first broadcast on the Amazon Prime streaming service. The Victorian-era crime drama, which stars Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, has had quite a topsy-turvy life – enjoying success, then getting canned…