BBC America’s Ripper Street is well-trod territory. Set in Whitechapel in 1889 during Jack the Ripper’s bloody spree, the story centers on the notorious H Division, which is charged with keeping order in the East London streets. Each episode involves a stand -alone murder and it is up to the police to figure out if the bloodletting is Jack’s handiwork.
Ripper Street stars Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
Fans of “grittier” Jack the Ripper stories, like From Hell, may be interested to know Ripper appears to be a bit bloodier than your average period piece and it’s drawn complaints from UK viewers due to its gore-filled depictions of sex and murder. Watch the first three minutes of the first episode, I Need Light. Ripper Street premiers BBC America on January 19, 2013 at 9/8c.