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...
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.
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.