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

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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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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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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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Excellent series. I forgot all about this series until I just came across it here on Amazon. Did not see it when it originally was aired (don't know why) but remembered hearing about it, so I thought "why not - let's go for it", so I bought all four seasons and absolutely loved them. Why on earth did ITV cancel the show after four seasons, it was so so good!! A real shame that yet another superb show is cancelled and yet they can still spend money on rubbish so called Reality shows. Just does not make sense to me. Anyway, If you haven't see it before then I highly recommend it. Go buy them now, you will not be sorry, I can assure you. Brilliant.
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How came the Whitechapel area to be so steeped in crime? Can a deep underlying evil account for centuries of atrocities? These continue to this very day - witchery, flayings (when victims still alive) and as for the horrors lurking in the sewers....

Be advised this series is not for the squeamish.

In their inadequately lit headquarters, Chandler and colleagues have nerves stretched to the full. Already deeply affected by past grim investigations, they now also have to consider their workplace may be haunted.

As ever, the three leads are great: Rupert Penry-Jones as troubled DI Chandler; Phil Davis as increasingly disturbed DS Miles; Steve Pembleton as the bumbling archivist (he genuinely moving when a cruel trick is played on him). Look out for Angela Pleasence as a little old lady who is not as she seems. The sharp-eyed will spot her appearances throughout, even when she is on screen only a second or so.

Three two-parters here, all of them scary - aspects that unnerve continuing to the season's final moment. No bonuses, alas.

Season 4 is best approached via the previous three, the series' latest shocker calculated greatly to satisfy fans.
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