BBC AMERICA’s critically-acclaimed co-production, Ripper Street, returns on Thursday, July 28, at 10/9c. The new season sees Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice), Detective Inspector Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones) and surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, The Immigrant) reunited to restore the peace of the blood-stained streets in London’s East End.
Picking up in in the summer of 1897 with Queen Victoria celebrating her diamond jubilee, Reid, who has retired from his detective work, finds himself drawn back to Whitechapel after discovering that an old friend is set to hang for a brutal murder he’s convinced he hasn’t committed. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Bennet Drake has now risen to the Head of H Division, holding a position of trust and status in Whitechapel. Moreover, he’s now married to the love of his life, Rose Erskine (Charlene McKenna, Skins). Also returning this season is MyAnna Buring (Prey, Downton Abbey) as Jackson’s wife Long Susan Hart – now only weeks away from being executed for her part in the locomotive disaster that killed 55 people. Time is running out fast for Long Susan – will her husband find a way to help her escape the death sentence before it’s too late?
SYNOPSES – SPOILER WARNING
EPISODE ONE – THURSDAY, JULY 28, 10/9c
Picking up three years after the culmination of season three, Edmund Reid is drawn back to Whitechapel to investigate a case made by Captain Homer Jackson and Detective Inspector Bennet Drake that has condemned his old friend, Isaac Bloom, to hang for a murder. Bloom is not the only one set for the rope: Long Susan Hart awaits her fate in Newgate Prison for her part in the Leman Street locomotive disaster. Does her husband have a plan to save her before it’s too late? Drake, meanwhile, looks into the case of an Indian man found murdered at the docks, as the forces of Britain’s colonial empire descend upon London to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
EPISODE TWO – THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 10/9c
With the help of Major Al-Qadir, Detective Inspector Bennet Drake continues to investigate the mysterious murder of a young Indian-born lawyer. However, things get tricky for Drake and his men when it becomes clear that their investigation is stepping on Special Branch’s toes. Things aren’t going smoothly for Captain Homer Jackson and his wife Long Susan Hart either as their original plan to save her from the rope has fallen through. Can Jackson come up with another idea in time? Meanwhile, despite his better judgement, Edmund Reid continues to dig into the conviction of his old friend Isaac Bloom who is soon set to face the hangman’s gallows.
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