Ripper Street (2012–2016)
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What Use Our Work? 

As a result of Goodnight's fiendishness, Jackson stands accused of being Jack the Ripper, with Reid desperately trying to clear his name. Meanwhile, Rose's plan to better herself backfires dramatically.


Andy Wilson


Richard Warlow (creator), Richard Warlow


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Captain Homer Jackson
Clive Russell ... Chief Inspector Fred Abberline
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
Jonathan Barnwell ... P.C. Dick Hobbs
Charlene McKenna ... Rose Erksine
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
Lucy Cohu ... Deborah Goren
Amanda Hale ... Emily Reid
David Dawson ... Fred Best
David Oakes ... Victor Silver
Ruta Gedmintas ... Clarissa Silver
Linal Haft ... Joseph Lavender
Gillian Saker ... Bella


When a murdered woman is found at his lodgings Jackson is accused of being Jack the Ripper and arrested. Meanwhile ex-prostitute Rose answers a personal ad in the newspaper and meets a seemingly charming young man,Victor Silver. However he and his family are white slavers who drug and abduct Rose along with other young girls.Silver was once a suspect in the Ripper case but went missing in the pleasure boat accident in which the Reids' daughter also disappeared and Reid fears Silver may have killed her. The police set a trap,using a friend of Rose to pose as a want ad correspondent and Silver takes the bait. Reid then over-rules his superiors to release Jackson to help him and Drake smash the slavers ring and save Rose and the other victims. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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UK | Ireland



Release Date:

9 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The episode title "What Use Our Work" is spoken by Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen). "What use our work, Bennet, if we cannot care for those we love?" See more »


Rose Erksine: [writing a letter] "Dear Bennet, I wish that this letter finds you well and in good health. I myself continue to improve under the auspices of Mrs. Reid's generous charity. There are many things I regret in this life, but it is the way I have behaved with you that brings me most shame..."
[stopping, she puts the letter into a drawer, unsigned, and sighs]
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The Unfortunate Rake
Performed by David Wilmot
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