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London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of ... See full summary »

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David Wickes
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Inspector Frederick Abberline
Armand Assante ... Richard Mansfield
Ray McAnally ... Sir William Gull
Lewis Collins ... Sergeant George Godley
Ken Bones ... Robert James Lees
Susan George ... Catherine Eddowes
Jane Seymour ... Emma
Harry Andrews ... Coroner Wynne Baxter
Lysette Anthony ... Mary Jane Kelly
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Rodman (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)
Peter Armitage ... Sergeant Kerby
Desmond Askew ... Copy Boy
Trevor Baxter ... Lanyon
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ... Newsvendor
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Lady Gull
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London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of London. As the mutilated corpses of other "shilling whores" turn up in the same area, London's tabloid journalists - particularly Benjamin Bates of The Star - whip up a public frenzy. The killer is nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" after a letter bearing that name and supposedly from the killer, is forwarded to Scotland Yard. As the Ripper terrorizes London, public outrage erupts throughout the country, and Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren fears that a revolution is in the air in London's East End. Written by GusF

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Throughout they constantly refer to Prince Albert Victor as being a suspect, This was incorrect as it was not until 1970 that the story that he was involved really began. See more »

Goofs

Richard Mansfield is described as an American actor, from Boston, when in fact was born in Germany and educated in England where he started his acting career. Although he did spend the end of his life and career in America. See more »

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Episode 2
25 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As pressure increases on the police to catch the Ripper killer. There is a threat of public order as the killings of prostitutes continue in Whitechapel.

Each new killing is more frenzied. Inspector Abberline believes that someone with royal connections is the killer.

The production values were good but the style of this television series owed more to US dramas with some slick cuts. It should had been creepy Victorian gothic instead.

Unfortunately too often it was shouty and campy. I laughed as Caine, Collins and Bones hammed it up. Some of the writing is just awful.

There is no factual basis of the reveal of the killer, in many quarters it has been discredited.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1988 (UK) See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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