DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
THE MAIN thing I know about Ron and Reggie Kray is that the twins from Spandau Ballet played them in the movie. And I say this as somebody who, I am almost certain, has actually seen the film. Do you think they got the job because a) they were fantastic actors, or b) because nobody could think of any other twins? I’m going to go with that one, b.
So I’m bringing up the Krays because why? Well, you know how last season on Whitechapel, somebody was going round killing people using Jack the Ripper’s effective system? You might’ve been watching the repeats — the ABC just ran the first series again, it finished just in time for the second season, starting tonight. I like it when they do that. Anyway, this time it’s the Kray brothers, from the 1960s. Fifties and sixties. Massively violent pair, nutty as squirrels. Somebody’s hurting people — old crims though, not just everyday sorts — carving them up in the same bad way.
I wish somebody would make another movie about the Krays. They were huge celebrities, everyone went to their clubs, one of them was gay, it’s all there. Who would you cast though . . . the Gallaghers? From Oasis? Bit old and fat.
Crazy: Rupert Penry-Jones You almost could though. Rupert Penry-Jones is back playing Joe Chandler, the unimpeachable detective who’s been going crazy behind a desk, waiting for a case like this. But can he handle it, his sergeant Miles wants to know. Because it’s not going to be a fair fight. ‘‘ It’s a scrap, where the meanest hardest bastard wins.’’ he says.
Miles got stabbed by the Ripper last season, so he’s a bit leery. ‘‘ You don’t know what I’m capable of,’’ Chandler tells him. It’s very exciting. They’ll be fine, though, because they’ve got Edward Buchan, the weirdo amateur detective, who’ll do half the work for them.
I cannot believe he’s played by Steve Pemberton, the guy from The League of Gentlemen. Hilarious. Whitechapel ABC1, 9.25pm