Whitechapel: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Whitechapel is a handsomely mounted modernization of the Ripper, bringing considerable atmosphere and verve into another examination of London's grisliest serial killer.


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Air date: Oct 26, 2011
Air date: Nov 2, 2011
Air date: Nov 9, 2011

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London's Whitechapel district is the setting for this series focusing on murders mirroring historical crimes. Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) has book smarts and is eager to gain the experience to move upward in the department. He's been assigned to lead an investigation into what appears to be an open-and-shut case involving the murder of a woman in London's East End. When things get complicated, DI Chandler enlists the help of Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) an expert on Jack the Ripper who exposes similarities to those killings more than 100 years earlier. The hunt for the copycat killer begins before he strikes again.


Rupert Penry-Jones
as Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler
Philip Davis
as Detective Sergeant Ray Miles
Alex Jennings
as Commander Anderson
Steve Pemberton
as Edward Buchan

Critic Reviews for Whitechapel Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Accents, creepy historical crimes, that handsome English actor who always plays princes and posh boys, that less handsome English actor who always plays taxi drivers and oiks. What's not to like?

Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a bit tonally inconsistent but this is entertaining television bolstered by strong performances throughout and the dark edge provided by the word Ripper.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's compelling to watch these disparate men clash and collaborate, even as the suspense level quickly ratchets up with the pursuit of the Ripper copycat.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whitechapel is a show that relishes these sorts of easily drawn high-and-low dichotomies, and yet flourishes as a diverting and atmospheric crime drama despite them

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The mystery is perhaps a too time-honored classic, and there's little subtlety to the shock-cut gruesomeness.

Oct 26, 2011 | Full Review…

Whitechapel is far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

If this clich is accurate, clearly police academy trainees on both sides of the Atlantic need to be exposed to a few more corpses before they graduate.

Oct 26, 2011 | Full Review…

Whitechapel can be enjoyed for what it is - an excuse to take another bloody stroll down memory lane.

Oct 26, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whitechapel may not reinvent the police procedural, but it's great fun.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Whitechapel defies the odds, rising above its cliches with solid writing, taut direction, evocative cinematography and great performances.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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