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Whitechapel, Series 3 [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton
  • Directors: S.J. Clarkson
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00527QY88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,946 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meticulous and obsessional, DI Chandler and his unit are based in Whitechapel – an area drenched in dark history and sinister goings-on. It is where Jack the Ripper carried out his horrific crimes. It is where The Krays constructed their Empire of Crime based on sadomasochistic punishments. This series unearths a Whitechapel full of Gothic shadows, cobblestones and ancient hostelries. There’s fear in the Huguenot weaving houses of Wilkes Street, and terrifying discoveries in the dark corners and rooftops around Brick Lane. Ed Buchan joins DI Chandler and hard-bitten DS Miles as their historical advisor – operating out of the bowels of the police station among musty tomes of the crime archive. Chandler is convinced crimes of the past hold the key to solving crimes of the present. The team is tested by bloody and vicious murders on their own doorstep. Do crimes such as the Thames Torso murders, HH Holmes, The Zodiac Killer and The Ratcliffe Highway murders unlock the truth? In Whitechapel, history isn’t dead - it’s deadly.

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Viewers who saw the first two installments of Whitechapel will appreciate that there is a significant change in format this time round. Whereas the first two series were three part stories based on Jack the Ripper and The Kray Twins respectively, this time round we have three two part stories. Additionally these investigations are based much more loosely on historical crimes than the first two series. I imagine this is because the Ripper and the Krays are the only two major criminal activities in the Whitechapel area which most viewers will be familiar with.

It is easy to see why this change has come about. Whitechapel was probably intended as a one off, but following its resounding success there was a lot of pressure to come up with a follow up. What we got was a farfetched tale involving clones of the Krays which stretched credibility to extremes. The powers that be clearly appreciated that this time the format had to move on. The result actually works rather well. The historical crimes are still real - you can google the Ratcliff Highway Murders , the Thames Torso Murders or the various masked murderer crimes mentioned on the show, and get the details. The fact that the crimes being investigated are more loosely based on these events makes for a much more realistic story line as opposed to the straight copycat replication of the earlier series.

I thought that the three stories each worked although my personal favorite was the last of the three which was dark and shocking with a substantial sting in the tail. It certainly makes for good if not compulsive TV viewing. One thing I do not think is necessary though is for parts of the filming to be in the semi dark.
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By Blue hunter VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2012
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Having been a fan of the series I was pleased to see its return and I think overall its still got to be one of the best police detective dramas there is.The acting is on top form as usual with all the main characters having there own personal demons to cope with which I think gives the characters that slight edge on other police detective programs and also I must say there is still no holding back on the gruesome scenes. All the stories were gripping with the usual twists and turns and I must say overall I really did enjoy watching this series and I hope that there will be more in the future.Highly recommended.
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Stumbled unto this show through an associate that moved to the U.S. I think the characters are well played, the script is thoughtful and the quality of the film is excellent. I could only which for such a show as this here! Thank God for multiregion DVD players!
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I already own Whitechapel series 1 & 2. I loved series 1 following a modern Jack the Ripper, thought series 2 was pretty decent with the Krays and think series 3 is good but creepy with this (unnamed) serial killer. In my opinion series 3 better than 2 but not as good as 1. The story follows a murderer that seems unconnected with his victims. They are very gruesome crimes which the the team headed by DCI Chandler tris to solve with the guidance of historical crimes. There is a new character in the form of an over efficient female DCI from a neighboring borough who consults on the case. One of the weirdest things about this series is the little odd flashbacks throughout the episodes. Right until the end you cannot work out what they actually are. I found them seriously annoying and distracting to the story line. I hope there will be a series 4 which I will buy straight away!
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Rupert Penry-Jones (RPJ) and Phil Davis form an unlikely working relationship in Whitechapel between DI and his number 2. As each series unfolds the relationship matures from 'prickly' to Father/Son. The DI (RPJ) has OCD and is awkward as a result around people, particularly women. His many sensitivities are the grounds for how the relationship develops.

Plots are sometimes based on copy cat murders from history. Overall an enjoyable watch with good supporting role by Steve Pemberton who is the Forces 'unofficial' murder profiler trusted by RPJ but still to be accepted by the down to earth detective played by Phil Davis.
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Whitechapel is not the nicest area to live in, but despite its reputation of being the home of Jack the Ripper, there are few murders there in modern London. However, `Whitechapel' wouldn't have you believe this, as the series returns for a third outing. This time as 3 separate 2 episode cases, rather than the 3 part adventures of season 1 and 2. Whilst season 1 was an excellent and dark take on gritty crime action, as the team took on the memory of Jack the Ripper, Season 2's Kray brother storyline was far weaker. To survive any longer the show had to be shaken up, and thankfully they have been.

The core of what makes the show tick is still present; Rupert Penry-Jones as the uptight DI Chandler and Philip Davis as his more down to earth DI. The first season saw more of a triangle of leads with Steve Pemberton's bookish historian Buchan playing a vital role in discovering the truth. For season 3 he is moved into the police station and given a permanent role as police historian. Rather than increasing his worth in the show, it actually detracts from it. He seems to have less to do and has become as much a side character as the various coppers that make up the team.

It is not the change in character dynamics that makes Season 3 of `Whitechapel' the best yet, but the episode structure. There are three separate stories, each taking up two episode; similar to `Sherlock's 3 feature length episode a series. This makes the show a lot punchier as the time between the initial crime and the capture is reduced. Also the episodes are based on less famous criminal cases and can therefore break free from any historical ties. With three impressively pacy and thrilling storylines, `Whitechapel' is going from strength to strength. A slight rethink of Pemberton's role in Season 4 could make this the ITV version of the must see `Sherlock'. As it is, `Whitechapel' pales slightly in comparison.
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