Review: Ripper Street (S5 E5/6), Monday 17th July, BBC2

At last, the pace picks up this week, as Dove’s empire begins to crumble around him, and a turn of fortune brings a glimmer of hope to the beleaguered Reid. After what frankly have been four lethargic episodes, with no real plot development beyond what was strictly inevitable, the action takes off this week, as…

Review: Ripper Street (S5 E3/6), Monday 3rd July, BBC2

Exiled to Hackney Marshes with nothing but eels and solitaire for company, the Whitechapel Golem, Nathaniel Dove, is slowly going stir-crazy – and his brother Augustus seems unable to pin down their nemesis Edmund Reid, which would allow him to end the isolation.

Review: Ripper Street (S5 E1/6), Monday 19th June, BBC2

It’s been far too long (for BBC viewers anyway) since Ripper Street was last on air, but some of us are still quivering with anticipation of this final season. With Drake (Jerome Flynn) apparently dead, and Reid, (Matthew Macfadyen), Jackson, (Adam Rothenberg) and Susan (MyAnna Buring) on the run from the corrupt Dove (Killian Scott),…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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.

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.  

Review: Ripper Street (S3 E8/8), Friday 18th September, BBC1

Theodore Swift, Susan Hart’s estranged father, has arrived from America, on the run after his shady business empire has been exposed; will he bring ruin to Susan, or be her salvation? A twisty, turny series in which heroes have become villains, series three of Ripper Street has maintained its standards with aplomb. Inspector Reid has (effectively) died…

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,…