Ripper Stret S4
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Set in 1897, amid Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Series 4 of Ripper Street is dominated by a familiar storyline from the previous season. ‘Long Susan’ Hart (Myanna Buring) is in Newgate Prison, awaiting execution for her role in the Leman Street rail disaster. Writer and creator Richard Warlow is surely not about to kill off one his biggest stars right at the start?
Ripper Street couldn’t manage without Matthew Macfadyen, either. His character, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, soon returns from self-imposed exile in a seaside retreat to rejoin the police in Whitechapel, although he’s now serving under the formerly thuggish Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn). The duo’s awkward role reversal has them regularly squabbling over cases that have connections to both.
As with Peaky Blinders, part of the pleasure of Ripper Street is the rich period detail (Victorian London is recreated in Dublin). Warlow’s 19th century police procedural drama features rudimentary forensics and ripe Dickensian dialogue. There’s a certain resemblance to modern cop shows with its troubled detective (Drake’s a war veteran) and mystery of the week. But there’s also a strong series arc involving a serial killer stalking East London that leads to a bloody climax. It sets up a mustsee final season as the show nears the end of its century.
Edmundreid returns to Whitechapel but under Bennet Drake’s command.