On the new BBC America crime drama Ripper Street, H Division is the precinct charged with keeping order, and they must work diligently to police the toughest district in the East End, in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror. Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), one of the lead detectives on the Ripper case, and his team, which includes Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and forensic innovator Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), are attempting to solve crimes and capture murderers, while hiding secrets of their own. For more on the show, here’s Allison review.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Jerome Flynn (who played Bronn on Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg talked about doing a police procedural set in a time before that procedure was fully established, exploring the beginnings of forensic science, the challenges of establishing law in a lawless town, what their characters think of each other, that questions will be answered by the end of the season, what their favorite episodes are, how much they enjoy the physical aspects of their roles, how the costumes help them get into character, and that they’d both like to do another season of the show. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The setting of the grimy, gray world of 1889 London, patrolled by a brilliant detective may seem familiar, but BBC America’s new series Ripper Street manages to give fresh life to an old tale. Ripper Street picks up six months after the last (canonical) Jack the Ripper killing, and while the first episode does lean heavily upon the hysteria of the famed murders, it is luckily not the show’s only reason for existing.
Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew MacFadyen, playing the real-life detective who was brought in to help the seemingly incompetent police division) is in the tough position of investigating crimes in London’s Whitechapel district (perhaps more familiar to modern audiences as the setting of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film). Whitechapel is a small neighborhood with an incredibly large and impoverished population, and plenty of seedy characters for Reid to go up against. Hit the jump for more on Ripper Street, as well as how the show deals with the infamous killer, and more.