10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Ripper Street”

TVOvermind | 2/11/2019 | Nat Berman
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Ripper Street is a British show that started up on BBC but had to be saved by Amazon Video. As a result, it was able to have five seasons, which can make excellent viewing for people with an interest in Victorian crime thrillers. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Ripper Street:

The show is set in Whitechapel, which is one of the places that make up the East End of London. In Victorian times, the East End was notorious for its poverty, so much so that one is tempted to call it Dickensian in nature. However, that would be inaccurate because Charles Dickens was one of the first authors to write about the East End.

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Whitechapel’s poverty meant that a lot of its female residents were forced to resort to prostitution to survive. Not coincidentally, it was the place where Jack the Ripper killed his victims, thus explaining the name of the show.

Ripper Street starts six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. Moreover, its protagonists participated in the hunt for the serial killer without success. As a result, the serial killer casts a large shadow over not just them but also the setting in which they operate.

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In total, there are five members of the main cast, who manage to remain constant throughout the show for the most part. Three of the five main characters are cops. Meanwhile, one of the other two main characters is a brothel owner, while the other is a former prostitute turned music hall singer.

There is a huge cast of supporting characters. Some of these characters show up in season after season. In contrast, others last for no more than a short time before fading away, having served their purpose in the overall narrative of the show.

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