Whitechapel - Series 4 2013

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DI Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), DS Miles (Phil Davis) and unpaid historical advisor Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) have yet to make a conviction in Whitechapel, 'the birthplace of the serial killer'. This season sees the pressure become greater - and, this time, highly personal. The team are confronted by dark, twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions... someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest the murderer is more interested in the victims' skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten with an additional layer of horror. In Whitechapel history isn't dead, it's deadly...

Starring:
Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 32 minutes
Starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton, David Schneider, Camilla Power
Director Jon East, Daniel Nettheim
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 6 December 2013
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 26 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Since series one of Whitechapel aired i have been hooked. Combining intricate plots with a great cast of characters and some brilliant direction, this series offers first class entertainment. Far darker than mos crime dramas, Whitechapel revolves largely around crimes that emulate or are similar to crimes commuted in the past, the more macabre and gruesome of murders. Rupert Penry Jones plays Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler brilliantly, getting the OCD, intelligent characters down to a tee. At his side are Phil Davis' DS and Steve Pemberton's bumbling but brilliant expert on all things macabre. Like series 3, this series deviates from the original three parters to offer us three two part stories, each focusing on a different killer. This series is far darker and more gruesome than its predecessors, but don't let that deter you. Whitechapel offers too much fine acting, brilliant stories, fast pace, intrigue and superb direction to be missed. This series also has another level of intrigue with the introduction of possible supernatural elements, that are hinted at and littered throughout all of the episodes, creating another mystery in itself.
I highly recommend this series for fans of the prior episodes and those who enjoy dark, gothic crime drama. Be warned, those of a nervous disposition may want to avoid. But please, watch this. It is some of the highest quality crime drama on TV in years and runs rings around most shows of its kind.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Crossland on 10 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
I've watched Whitechapel since it started and as others have said been hooked and got the dvds after tv airing had finished. I love crime drama, thrillers and mystery, with Whitechapel up there with the best of them in my view.

This series 4 has probably been the most dark, it's been a little different from other series in terms of a shift away from the more nailed on copies from history, to modern day engineered more twisted and gruesome crimes. It's a very good series and if you have watched the other series and liked them, you should like this.

I think there is more for Whitechapel to achieve and hope more is to come in future.

My one gripe though, I've thought this from start really, but especially from series 3, I'd rather they go with one off 2 hour episodes instead of parts, where initial tv airing is concerned. I've never liked parts with any tv really, especially when a whole week is between episodes. For me that would enhance the whitechapel tv experience, it would help floating watchers to follow and get into a series more I reckon too. 8-10pm - one episode. Obviously no issues like that with DVD, so my advice is buy it and enjoy the scare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GeeLou on 3 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have loved this series since the first with the Jack the Ripper copycat killer and it has just grown in quality through the years. I was delighted when last year it switched from three episodes of one story to six episodes of three as with the new format it's on TV for longer. While I do like the first series I much prefer this one (4) out of them all, it has an extended horror movie feel to it without being too scary.

The writing is genius as while there is comedy it doesn't over power the show in itself, the cases are well thought out and the history in all of them is far from irrelevant. Any drama that can effectively combine, murder with history and comedy so seamlessly as this has my full attention.

I love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
If ever a successful TV programme had to keep reinventing itself it is Whitechapel as anyone who has seen the previous seasons will appreciate. To its credit, we are now on the fourth series and each has been fascinating as a study in the dark side of human behaviour. The first two series were about Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins respectively, which are the only two crimes which most would associate with the Whitechapel area of London. We then moved on to two part stories for the third series, based on historical crimes which would not be widely known, but nonetheless were true crimes, details of which could easily be googled.

This series, however, again consists of 3 two part stories but these are based on rather gruesome crimes with medieval overtones of torture, rather than specific historical crimes, although Buchan usually manages to come up with some precedents. For example, the second tale which was probably the grisliest, involved a series of murders where the murderer specialised in flaying the faces from the bodies of his victims. This series is, on balance, probably a little more gruesome than what went before and there are definite supernatural overtones which were not present in previous series. It certainly retains the ability to shock and makes for dark but absorbing viewing.

Rupert Penry-Jones and Philip Davis are convincing DI Chandler and DS Miles, although their relationship remains less than harmonious on occasion since they are often not on the same wavelength. However, in many ways they do complement each other. Chandler himself often appears on the edge and at times close to a breakdown.
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