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London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Inspector Frederick Abberline
Armand Assante ... Richard Mansfield
Ray McAnally ... Sir William Gull
Lewis Collins ... Sergeant George Godley
Ken Bones ... Robert James Lees
Susan George ... Catherine Eddowes
Jane Seymour ... Emma
Harry Andrews ... Coroner Wynne Baxter
Lysette Anthony ... Mary Jane Kelly
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Rodman (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)
Peter Armitage ... Sergeant Kerby
Desmond Askew ... Copy Boy
Trevor Baxter ... Lanyon
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ... Newsvendor
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Lady Gull


London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of London. As the mutilated corpses of other "shilling whores" turn up in the same area, London's tabloid journalists - particularly Benjamin Bates of The Star - whip up a public frenzy. The killer is nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" after a letter bearing that name and supposedly from the killer, is forwarded to Scotland Yard. As the Ripper terrorizes London, public outrage erupts throughout the country, and Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren fears that a revolution is in the air in London's East End. Written by GusF

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Release Date:

18 October 1988 (UK) See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout they constantly refer to Prince Albert Victor as being a suspect, This was incorrect as it was not until 1970 that the story that he was involved began. See more »


When the Prime Minister hears of the gossip about any involvement of Prince Albert Victor he is worried then later on we are told that the Prince was with the Queen in Scotland, the one person in the government who would know where the Queen was at any given time would be the Prime Minister, therefore he would have quashed the rumor from the start. The unfounded rumor was first mentioned in 1962 by Philippe Jullian in a biography of Edward VII possibly indirectly from Thomas E. A. Stowell which the later claimed in the 70s to be true since then in spite of evidence to the contrary the rumor is still believed, but at the time of the murders there was no rumor. See more »

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Episode 2
25 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

As pressure increases on the police to catch the Ripper killer. There is a threat of public order as the killings of prostitutes continue in Whitechapel.

Each new killing is more frenzied. Inspector Abberline believes that someone with royal connections is the killer.

The production values were good but the style of this television series owed more to US dramas with some slick cuts. It should had been creepy Victorian gothic instead.

Unfortunately too often it was shouty and campy. I laughed as Caine, Collins and Bones hammed it up. Some of the writing is just awful.

There is no factual basis of the reveal of the killer, in many quarters it has been discredited.

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