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Whitechapel, Series 3 [DVD] 
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Excellent murder mystery DVD. Very atmospheric and worth watching.Published 4 months ago by Mark J. Hampson