I stumbled upon this on Netflix during a search for a ‘Jack The Ripper’ documentary. Quite possibly my happiest accident of 2018 – so far.
Detective Inspector Joe Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) has to solve a series a gruesome murders in the East End of London. Despite the case being near impossible to solve, he has to lead a rag-tag bunch of unprofessional and undisciplined detectives.
The show transcends procedural crime drama tropes once we meet Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton). He is a fanatic Ripperologist that draws comparisons of the modern day murders to the historic Jack The Ripper murders of the Victorian era.
The show somehow manages to squeeze in a huge load of Ripper history, fact and conspiracy in to its script. It made me want to visit Whitechapel immediately and see the sights firsthand.
The cast and acting is a little ropey in the first series, but the chemistry takes a massive leap forward in its second series, where the team tackle a London gangland conspiracy.
I found myself bite watch all 4 seasons in 3 days. I was a little annoyed by the supernatural turn the show takes in its final season but in all honesty, I was so hooked I didn’t mind so much.
The cliffhanger the show ends on is satisfying and infuriating. It’s made me crave a fifth season to find out what would happen next. But also made sense a fitting finale.
If you like shows like Luther, where the producers don’t hold back with the violence and genuine fear and suspense, you’ll enjoy Whitechapel.