Ripper Street

31 October 2011

Ooh, looks like the BBC are making a new eight part series set in Victorian Whitechapel.

Ripper Street is an extraordinary new drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel.

Ripper Street explores the lives of characters trying to recover from the Ripper’s legacy, from crimes that have not only irretrievably altered their lives, but the very fabric of their city. At the drama’s heart our detectives try to bring a little light into the dark world they inhabit.‘ — BBC.

What do you think? I’m imagining a mash up of Sherlock, Whitechapel and From Hell.

As a descendant of an 1888 H Division copper (I know, I know, yawn, yawn), I’m not sure I approve of the ‘notorious’ tag. I wonder if they’ll have David Lee on the cast? Maybe if I mention him on my blog every day for the next six months, it’ll push up his SEO and they’ll think he was as big a deal as Abberline?

Um, anyway, moving on but only after I reiterate my plea for another, more faithful, version of From Hell.

Greg Brenman of the BBC Drama Department had this to say: ‘We are so excited about Ripper Street and believe that Richard Warlow (who also wrote Mistresses and Waking The Dead) is creating a period show that respects its moment in history whilst also achieving a thoroughly modern, entertaining and visceral piece of entertainment.

Yes, he went there, he said ‘visceral’.

Production begins in 2012 and I’m very interested to see how this pans out. In the meantime, I’d better get on with my own Jack the Ripper book, although I’m now chuckling at the Guardian commenter who referred to this as ‘Downton Stabby’…