British TV police drama. London’s Whitechapel district detectives deal with murders replicating historical crimes, including Jack the Ripper. Rupert Penry-Jones stars as D.I. Joseph Chandler a wealthy up-and-comer saddled with a defiant homicide squad egged on by Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis).
(2009 -2013) 4 Seasons. 18 Episodes
Available on Amazon Prime Streaming, Amazon
RedEye Chicago’s Curt Wagner’s review:
The stylish “Whitechapel” (9 p.m. Oct. 26, BBC America; 3 stars) tells the story of a copycat killer, but the series itself does a whole lot of copying from past crime shows. It’s a wonder it manages to be so riveting.
The six-part drama follows rookie detective inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), an ambitious young officer who is being groomed for a cushy job at police HQ. To get there, though, he has to spend some time in the trenches with an unruly homicide squad led by veteran Detective Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis), who immediately challenges his new boss. “Another fast tracker,” he scoffs.
Chandler doesn’t do himself any favors with the guys. A neat freak who wears expensive tailored suits, he scolds Miles and the disheveled staff about their appearance, their work ethic and their body odor. (“Haven’t you heard of showers?” he asks.) MORE…