Ripper Stret S4


Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By An­dre Paine

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.

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