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3.0 out of 5 stars A series too far?, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Whitechapel Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I have to admit that, after seeing the first series, I thought 'Whitechapel' could only be a one-off, as I couldn't see how they would be able to do any more with this. In hindsight, moving to the Krays was an obvious next step, but for me this series did not have the appeal of the first and ultimately the whole storyline was contrived at all levels and boringly predictable (especially around the police corruption). Overall it was all rather unbelievable with an ending that was a damp squib to say the least. My personal feeling is that the Krays is too recent an event to work in this type of programme and I would have liked to see an exploration of a much less well known incident in Whitechapel's rich but murky past (TV is meant to educate as well as entertain, after all).

Don't get me wrong, it was entertaining and diverting enough, but my credibility switch had to be turned off to a much greater degree than for the 'Jack the Ripper' case. Personally I hope they don't make any more of this programme as it can only be a case of the law of diminishing returns being proved correct to my mind.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2012 22:41:58 GMT
I wonder if this "nit picker" is bothering to watch Series 3 {currently running} which is related to crimes in the Victorian era, just like the Ripper in Series 1. After all, it's what "Spidernick" seems to be praying for in a roundabout way - let's have a series all about the lesser known, but equally as gory as the Ripper crime(s) in & around Whitechapel. If he doesn't like Series 3, all that can be said is ... "Be careful what you wish for"!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012 08:03:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2012 08:06:39 GMT
Spidernick says:
'Nit picker'? In what way?

For the record, I've recorded the new series to date, but have yet to watch any, as I quite often like to 'blitz' programmes. However, it sounds much more promising than the second series. Do you disagree that this wasn't up to the standard of the first then?

I'm afraid I don't understand your final comment at all.
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