Whitechapel

Monday, 20 February 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

A torso is washed up at Putney Bridge. Both the arm and the torso show signs of poisoning. When Llewellyn discovers traces of ‘Spanish Fly’, an aphrodisiac drug used by the Marquis de Sade at his infamous orgies Chandler, Miles and the team question what sort of killer they could be up against. 

Monday, 13 February 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

As Chandler, Miles and the team attend the christening of Miles’s daughter, Martha, a fox runs through Whitechapel. It has a human arm in its mouth. 

Monday, 6 February 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

When four people are slaughtered at night at a seemingly fortified tailor’s workshop, the East End is gripped with fear and panic at this seemingly impossible gruesome crime. 

Chandler, Miles and the team unearth the history of the Ratcliffe Highway Murders. Clearly not a copycat, what can Chandler and Miles learn from history, other than not to repeat the same mistakes, which will help them solve this particularly grizzly series of murders? 

EPIOSDE TWO: 

When a second mass murder occurs where there is no obvious break-in, no obvious escape and no forensics the crimes take on an almost supernatural edge. Who or what is responsible and how can anyone sleep soundly in their beds in Whitechapel when doors and walls offer no protection? 

Monday, 13 June 2011, 9:00PM – 11:00PM

DI Joseph Chandler (Penry-Jones) has been fast-tracked for promotion and is an expert in the politics of modern policing. When he is assigned a murder which appears to be a simple case of domestic violence which got out of hand, Chandler expects that it will tick a box on his CV and prepare him for his promised promotion – but he gets a lot more than he bargained for. 

His colleagues, led by the sceptical DS Ray Miles (Davis), are unimpressed by their new boss and go out of their way to make their feelings clear. 

The investigation quickly runs out of suspects until local historian Edward Buchan (Pemberton) draws the police’s attentions to the similarities between the Jack the Ripper killings in 1888 and the murder Chandler is investigating. 

Chandler soon realises that he is chasing a copycat killer – an imaginative, ruthless fiend who seems to defy modern forensics and CCTV to leave no trace at the scene of his gruesome crimes. 

Chandler’s superiors and colleagues feel that Chandler is going out on a limb and chasing ghosts, but he is convinced that he is right. But catching the world’s most famous serial killer will not be easy… 

Ep 1 – Monday 13 June 

Ep 2 – Monday 13 June 

Ep 3 – Tuesday 14 June 

ITV today confirmed the best performing new drama of 2009 so far – Whitechapel starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton – has been recommissioned for a second series.

Atmospheric and brooding, Whitechapel II will once more boldly draw on an iconic cult crime born out of the area.  After Jack the Ripper came the gangster brutality of the Krays, and in Whitechapel II the paranoia of this era and the faded glamour of the former East End overlords will characterise the drama. It will be as sharp, intense and as visually distinctive as Whitechapel I with the gangster culture the Krays instilled never far away.  Produced by Carnival Films, the new story will broadcast as three episodes.

Penry-Jones, Davis and Pemberton all return to their characters of Chandler, Miles and Buchan with pathos and black humour remaining key to Whitechapel II.  Copycat murders, maiming and torture will trigger intense emotions and DI Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) will be given an even greater run for his money than first time round.  This time it is personal.

Commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Laura Mackie, Whitechapel will be full of the history, texture and detail that gave the first series a distinctive personality.

“Whitechapel II will be as audacious and as compelling as the first series strengthened by further character development and very real personal jeopardy.  We’re delighted to be commissioning more episodes following the success of Whitechapel I,” said Laura. 

The Executive Producer for Whitechapel II will be Sally Woodward Gentle who also took this role on the first series, and Ben Court and Caroline Ip return to write the scripts.

Sally Woodward Gentle said today:  ‘Once again the streets of Whitechapel yield an extraordinary story.  We are delighted, if slightly scared, to be going back there again.’

Pre-production of the new episodes is due to begin autumn 2009.

No further details of casting and transmission are available presently. 

ITV’s Drama Commissioning team have also recently commissioned: Downton Abbey, written and created by Oscar winning writer Julian Fellowes, an adaptation of Ann Cleeves’s novel Hidden Depths starring Brenda Blethyn as the lead character Vera, Law & Order: UK; Lewis; and Murderland.  Projects in production include: four new episodes of Marple and four episodes of Poirot including the iconic Agatha Christie thriller Murder on the Orient Express. Coming to air this autumn is The Fixer, Blue Murder, Marple, Murderland, Midsomer Murders; Collision, Englishman in New York and Trinity (ITV2).

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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