Principal photography begins today on the new six part series of Whitechapel, (June 13, 2010). The drama written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip is produced by Carnival Films for ITV 1 and stars Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton.
Producer, David Boulter (He Kills Coppers) says; “Whitechapel is back, bigger and bolder than before. Gruesome present day investigations summon the ghosts of the past, screaming and restless. Chandler’s team must decipher their relevance, for history can be unreliable: convincing and confusing in equal measure. These new Whitechapel stories are dark, compelling and full of surprises.”
Chandler and his new unit are still based in Whitechapel nick but as before feel slightly removed from the prosaic and mundane day to day, run of the mill policing. They have rescued a huge crime archive, a vast but chaotic collection of files and papers beneath the incident room. Buchan begins eagerly sorting this treasure trove of primary sources. When a new case lands on the team’s desk and the race is on to find the killer, Miles is cynical about Buchan’s value to the team, but Chandler is convinced that history holds clues. This is where the nightmares of the past help solve the horrors of the present.
Whitechapel remains a dark and scary place, laden with villainy and foreboding. The series will take us through three hundred years of history, peeling back the layers of the East End. There will be Gothic shadows, cobblestones and ancient hostelries, fear in the Huguenot weaving houses of Wilkes Street, and terrifying discoveries in the dark corners and rooftops around Brick Lane. In Whitechapel, history isn’t dead, it’s deadly.
Executive Producer, Sally Woodward Gentle says: “I am delighted we are getting the chance to tell brand new Whitechapel stories but this time as a series. The East End of London is steeped in history, secrets and gore and we now have the opportunity to take Chandler, Miles and Buchan to places darker still. If you thought the Ripper and Krays were scary, just wait.”
Laura Mackie, Director of Drama, ITV says: “Whitechapel is a striking and distinctive crime drama that has struck a real chord with the ITV 1 audience. The longer run will allow us to tell an even richer range of stories from the Whitechapel area”