ITV’s recent drama series Whitechapel has gone down a storm so far in the United Kingdom. Although the drama is into the second instalment viewers eagerly check their television guides every day to find out when the next episode is aired.

Whitechapel is set in the modern day London of 2008. A sudden outbreak of bloody, tragic and somewhat impossible murders lead to the suggestion that someone is carrying out copycat Jack the Ripper style murders 120 years after the terrible serial killer first murdered.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Jack the Ripper please continue reading to find out.

Jack the Ripper was an alias given to an unidentified and mysterious serial killer who lived around the time of the 1880’s. Jack the Ripper was active in the largely impecunious Whitechapel district in the eastern section of London. The name Jack the Ripper was derived from a letter which was sent around the time in question to the London Central News Agency, the sender of this letter claimed he was the infamous serial killer under the alias of Jack the Ripper.

Jack the Ripper claimed his maiden victim on 31st August 1888; the first victim went by the name of Mary Ann Nichols. All but one of Jack the Ripper’s victims seemed to have one main attribute in common. A four of the five victims of the Ripper were earning their income as prostitutes; Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror lasted just three months ending in 1888.

Time is ticking away as the police struggle to trace the murders of this copycat killer, the case turns into a hunt for an old antagonist.

If this article has sparked an interest in ITV’s drama, however you have missed the first two episodes why not pay a visit to the ITV Player and watch the first and penultimate episode. Also you can see the preview of the third and concluding episode here.

Starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton

The final instalment in the series is on Monday Night, 9pm, ITV 1


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  • Adam Baldwin

    Nice article

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