Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is a period drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The series follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. H Division was responsible for policing a relatively small area of just 1¼ square miles, yet into that space were packed some 67,000 people; a seething, bustling mass of the poor and dispossessed. Ripper Street is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and stars Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake and Adam Rothenberg and Captain Homer Jackson.
Sunday night’s episode, titled The King Came Calling, was written by former Waking The Dead scribe Declan Croghan (whom is currently working on a three-part drama for ITV) and follows H Division and the independent City of London police force as they are thrown together when the panic surrounding a sudden cholera outbreak leads them to conclude wilful contamination is afoot in both boroughs. Inspector Syndey Ressler (Patrick Baladi) joins Reid’s team as they scour Whitechapel for clues and connections. Meanwhile Emily Reid (Amanda Hale) seeks patronage for her charity efforts, unaware of the resistance she will meet. As Jackson’s lab fills with bodies, and with no clear correlation between the victims to be found, the team work against the clock to find some underlying pattern amidst the rising tide of sickness and death.
Here is the trailer for the third episode of Ripper Street: