When Whitechapel first started, as a three part series about a Jack the Ripper copycat, nobody really expected it to last four series. But I feel it’s the programme’s ability to adapt that has meant that people keep coming back every series. Last year’s run changed the format of the show somewhat as the gruesome cases investigated by Chandler and Miles were split into three two-part stories. That format continues this year and our first tale concerns Bulgarian spies and undercover witches; which is more than you’d get from your usual crime drama.
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.”
ITV has commissioned a brand new series of Whitechapel. The drama written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip, and starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton will begin filming this spring for transmission in 2012.
The new series sees the team spread their investigations beyond the boundaries of Whitechapel. Three stories each comprising two episodes will peel back the layers of some of the East End’s most gruesome history. Whitechapel viewers will be taken back over three hundred years as the present day investigations preoccupying Chandler and his team begin to echo crimes from the city’s darkest recesses. Murder in the tunnels under Whitechapel, body-snatching, poisoning and grisly discoveries are amongst the tales to be told as the East End again provides fertile ground.
Set against the contrasting facades of Whitechapel, London, a series of bloody, tragic and impossible crimes suggest someone is carrying out copycat Jack the Ripper murders 120 years after the killer first struck.
In a city under the constant surveillance of CCTV and safe in the knowledge that DNA evidence helps catch even the most dangerous criminal, this modern day Ripper still manages to recreate the slaughter with alarming accuracy while mirroring the red herrings and twisted idiosyncrasies connected to the original case.