Ripper Street (2012–2016)
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Men of Iron, Men of Smoke 

When a footballer is brutally murdered, a key suspect is a man close to Drake's heart, which forces Reid to conduct a clandestine investigation, while Susan hatches a plot.


Luke Watson


Matt Delargy, Richard Warlow (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Captain Homer Jackson
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
Charlene McKenna ... Rose Erskine
David Threlfall ... Abel Croker
Matthew Lewis ... Sgt. Drum Drummond
Benjamin O'Mahony Benjamin O'Mahony ... Det. Sgt. Frank Thatcher
Anna Burnett ... Mathilda Reid
David Warner ... Rabbi Max Steiner
Lucy Cohu ... Deborah Goren
Jonas Armstrong ... Nathaniel
Anna Koval ... Rachel Castello
Owen Teale ... Felix Hackman
Jake Mann Jake Mann ... Thomas Gower


Reid and Drake investigate when foundry worker Charlie Tanner is murdered . He was one of several boys rescued from the streets by iron master Felix Hackman and a star player in the foundry's soccer team. Another worker is Thomas Gower, a boy Drake rescued from a life of crime eight years earlier and who casts suspicion on Charlie's rival in the football team, Wilbur Wren. However Thomas is an alcoholic, drinking to blot out his traumatic experiences as a soldier and Reid suspects he killed Tanner whilst drunk and with no recollection of his crime. Jackson proves otherwise. Susan shocks Abel with a robbery plan which would fund her and Jackson's flight abroad with their son whilst Deborah accuses Rachel of exploiting Mathilda for her news story. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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5 February 2016 (UK) See more »

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The "lullaby" that Rose sings is an American folk song called "In the Pines" that dates back to the 1870s. It's also known as "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" and "Black Girl". It was made famous by musicians like Leadbelly and Bill Monroe in the 1940s, and has been covered by artists from many genres including Nirvana and Kid Cudi. See more »


A former British solder speaks of the horrors of mechanised warfare. No British solder was on the receiving end of such warfare before 1914.

He had served in the Boer War, where the Boers used guerrilla tactics.

He might plausibly have been guilty over the deaths of women and children in the Concentration Camps the British used. But these are never mentioned. See more »

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