"Whitechapel" (TV show) on BBC America is a crime drama series that originally aired on ITV.

Is it possible that the world's most notorious serial killer is back? Set in modern day East London, the police force is faced with the brutal and bloody history of their streets — from echoes of the 19th century and Jack the Ripper to the infamous 1960s crime twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. From the producers of "Downton Abbey," "Whitechapel" focuses on internationally resonant crime stories with a stylish, cinematic and contemporary spin.

As the murder rate rises and clues are scarce, an unlikely trio sets out to solve the most famous unsolved murder case in history — Jack the Ripper — the first internationally known serial killer. Assigned to the case is fast-tracked Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones, "MI-5," "Persuasion") a novice in the business of murder but an expert in the politics of policing and three-day training. His fellow officers, however, are anything but. Chief among them is Detective Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis, "Sherlock," "Bleak House"), the archetypal cynical, seen-it-all detective. Tipped-off by "Ripperologist" Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton, "The League of Gentlemen") an expert in the myths and legends behind unexplained or violent deaths, Chandler realizes this modern day killer is copying Jack the Ripper's infamous murders in the Whitechapel section of London, down to the very last detail. Will the unlikely team succeed where 120 years ago others failed, and solve the most famous unsolved murder case in history?

Ambitious DI Chandler is assigned an open-and-shut case, the killing of a woman in the East End of London. Get a quick result, he is told, and you will get the promotion you have been waiting for. Unfortunately for him, however, things don't turn out to be so straight forward. The investigation quickly runs out of suspects until Edward Buchan, a renowned Ripperologist, draws the police's attention to the similarities between the Jack the Ripper killings in 1888 and the modern-day murder that Chandler is investigating. The race begins to catch the copycat killer before he strikes again.

To complicate matters further, there is an emergence of a series of horrific attacks — attacks which appear to echo the Kray twins infamous crimes of the 1960s. Leading the case is the smarmy and potentially suspect Detective Chief Inspector Torbin Cazenove (Peter Serafinowicz, "Running Wilde," "Shaun of the Dead"). Despite the fact that the case has been handed over to the Organized Crime Division — run by Cazenove — an undeterred Chandler continues his own investigation. It soon becomes apparent those responsible for these heinous crimes are prepared to kill anyone who gets in their way — including DI Chandler and his colleagues DS Miles, Detective Constable McCormack and Detective Constable Kent.

In season 2, the intrepid team is faced with a whole new set of challenges. The new season will find Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler, Detective Sergeant Miles and Edward Buchan spreading their investigations beyond the boundaries of Whitechapel, as they peel back the layers of the London's East End and its most gruesome history. The East End will once again provide fertile ground for murder, body-snatching, poisoning and grisly discoveries, as the team's present day investigations echo three hundred years of crimes committed in the city's darkest recesses.

"Whitechapel" is produced by Carnival Films and ITV Studios.

Roush Review: Return to Whitechapel


Network: BBC America
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: February 9, 2009
Seasons: 3
Production Company: Carnival Films

'Whitechapel' Season 2 Returns to BBC America — Premiering Wednesday, March 28, the new season of the critically acclaimed drama consists of three distinctive, dark and chilling crime stories. Read more...

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