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 stars Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake and Adam Rothenberg and Captain Homer Jackson.
In Sunday night’s episode, Ernest Manby, a 60-year-old toy maker, is beaten to death for a mysterious brass box and the coins in his pocket. The Whitechapel Vigilance Committee presents a culprit in the form of 14-year-old Thomas Gower (Giacomo Mancini), who refuses to deny the charge. Reid finds his conscience challenged by a radical lawyer called Eagles and orphanage Governess Deborah Goren and decides to test the security of the case. Meanwhile, Jackson’s drinking and gambling have led to the loss of the pendant that ties him to his American past – a past that he and Long Susan fear will now be exposed. Reid and Drake find themselves besieged at Miss Goren’s orphanage by the rest of Gower’s vicious child gang and their brutal master, Carmichael (Misfits star Joseph Gilgun).
Here is the trailer for the second episode of Ripper Street: