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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Anyone not watched this drama yet, it is pretty good.

Stories based around whitechapel just after Ripper murders.
As you can imagine, quite grim lifestyle then.

First episode dealt with early snuff films and the second was about a very nasty Fagin/Bill Sykes type who had this vicious band of boy muggers and murderers.

Has a bit of flavour of the Ritchie Sherlock films but more grim. Even the music has a Zimmer/Jarre hint.

Well worth a watch but not for faint hearted.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Here in the US, it premieres January 19 on BBC America. I've been seeing lots (lots) of ads and was planning to check it out.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Hadn't heard of it before but the premise is promising and I follow MyAnna Buring's career with more interest than most of her roles really warrant, so I expect I'll check it out.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Missed the premiere Saturday, but caught an encore of it this evening. I liked it quite a bit.

And that MyAnna Buring is quite a looker, too. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2013 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

episode 3 was great. Horrible but great. Episode 4 was a bit weaker, but still pretty good.

The sergeant is great - played by Jerome Flynn of Robson and Jerome fame.
He is inspector Reid's enforcer and clumps a suspect with his cosh before they've asked the questions! Love it!

Overall there is such shite on UK TV these days it is the one evening I look forward to.
To be honest, in my 50 years of watching TV, I feel what we have now in the UK - apart from the occasional decent drama series like Luther, Sherlock - is the worst ever for television.
If youre not interested in doing up your house, moving house, quiz shows or awful soaps which feature one argument scene after another, there is very little on.

Most of the stuff I find still watchable and classy are American shows: NCIS, CSI, body of proof, person of interest, the mentalist and maybe True Blood. Sadly Ive seen so many of them I'm now watching repeats.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 6:00 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Ripper Street is to return for a second series on BBC One.

The period crime thriller - created by Richard Warlow - will air eight new 60-minute episodes in 2014.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s213/ripper-street/news/a454652/ripper-street-to-return-for-second-series-on-bbc-one.html

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

This is good news, John.

At the moment, its about the only thing on Uk TV that I must get in for!!

One or two episodes have been a little weaker in places but thats coz the series set the bar very high in the first place.

Last night's was good - a story set among dock strikes and socialist worker agitators/bombers.

I like the way the writer has taken news and cultural elements of that time and worked a plot with them as backdrop.

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

This is good news, John.

At the moment, its about the only thing on Uk TV that I must get in for!!

One or two episodes have been a little weaker in places but thats coz the series set the bar very high in the first place.

Last night's was good - a story set among dock strikes and socialist worker agitators/bombers.

I like the way the writer has taken news and cultural elements of that time and worked a plot with them as backdrop.


I still have to watch it. From what I've seen it looks similar in tone to the Jack the Ripper miniseries that was in the late 80s, starring Michael Caine and Lewis Collins. Would that be an accurate comparision?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Funny that you should mention that Euston films Jack the Ripper.
I found a DVD of it only last week - free with the daily mail as part of the michael caine series that my dad had kept. I liked it when it was first on - and quite enjoyed it the second time around last week as well. (Music wasnt bad either, plus a lot of 80s stars who went to on to do other things - Poirot's mate captain hastings, the piggy-faced bloke who played the villain The Leopard in the Sweeney etc).
However, I'd say that the Euston one's style looks a bit dated now and it was a bit too clean and shiny for the era.
The current production of Ripper Street is much grimier and grimmer, and the sets are more dark, if that's the right words. More "spaceship in Alien water-dripping lower-levels" than sprawling street number in Oliver, if you know what I mean.


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2013 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

This finished its 8 part finale last Sunday.

Will miss it. The theme grew on me as well (music by Dominik Scherrer).

It finished quite strongly - episodes 5/6 were not quite as good as first few but thats because the series set a very high standard - but the last two episodes were great, especially 7, where some rather nasty murderous American pinkertons turned up in London.

sundays wont be the same. My week is rescued only by new episodes of Person of Interest, Terminator series and Mentalist.

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Pre-order.

http://www.amazon.com/Ripper-Street-Blu-ray-Matthew-Macfadyen/dp/B00AATFJJ8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1362597600&sr=8-4&keywords=ripper+street

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

The season finale aired here in the US last night, and I thought it was great. I liked how it started with a gathering of officers in honor of Constable Hobbs, whose death in the previous episode was shocking and unexpected, not to mention brutal. I missed seeing Captain Jackson absent from so much of the episode given his incarceration, but I liked how he got involved at the end and both helped out with the case and cleared his name. My only complaint was that I wish the little girl had turned out to be Reid's daughter. I thought it felt like kind of an unnecessary last-minute twist to have her not be his missing child, as it could have paved the way for an intriguing subplot next season of him and his wife repairing their relationship and their daughter readjusting to her original life.

But other than that, I thought it was a solid finale, and I liked how it ended with Reid, Jackson and Drake together again at the station and heading out to deal with another situation. Overall, I really enjoyed this season and thought it was a terrific show, and I can't wait for the second season. I read that it was expected to start production this spring, and then air in early-2014.

Most of the stuff I find still watchable and classy are American shows: NCIS, CSI, body of proof, person of interest, the mentalist and maybe True Blood.

Well, I have to say, that's refreshing. Usually I always hear how American shows are awful and not up to the level of British shows. Granted, we have our share of crappy home repair, competition, and "reality" shows, but still, it's nice to hear that from a British viewer. smile (Even if those shows you mentioned are ones I never cared for.)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2013 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

UK TV seems to be doing "period Women's dramas" quite well, such as Call the Midwife and Mr Selfridge, Downton, Larkrise to candleford, etc.
Its the decent dramas that men can watch which are thin on the ground.
Sherlock and Ripper street are a good start, but we need more of this ilk.

Beyond old movies, I care not for quizzes, DIY shows, cop chase documentaries, moving abroad programmes, relentless stressful soaps rammed with arguments, chat shows with plastic muppets like Piers Morgan and Jonathan Ross doing the interviewing, etc,

The idris elba drama was good and I know they were thinking of a spin-off series with the lady who plays his killer "accomplice".
But they desperately need a gritty cop drama - something like the Sweeney again.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2013 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Mumble, mumble, mumble big grin

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2479229/Ripper-Street-fans-complain-meaningless-mumbling-series-airs.html

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Heard somebody say on radio today that this series was finishing when current series ends.

If its true, thats a shame.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Heard somebody say on radio today that this series was finishing when current series ends.

If its true, thats a shame.




Jerome Flynn, one of the stars, apparently tweeted the other day that the show had been cancelled by the BBC. It's been suggested that this is due to disappointing ratings this time round.

And there was me thinking that the BBC is supposed to be a public service broadcaster that doesn't chase ratings. Hah.

The home of 'Original British Drama' (as they like to call themselves) indeed...!

(Mind you, after saying all that, I have to admit it wasn't my cup of tea at all big grin )

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2013 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

That's very disappointing. Still waiting for the second season to air here in the US, but I thought the first was terrific. Appears the decision was made only recently, too, so I wonder if that means we'll be left hanging with unanswered questions in regards to the subplot involving Reed's missing daughter. Would be nice to see that resolved.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I dont know why it hasnt been a sherlock style success - expect its the gruesomeness of some plots and its adult themes.
It doesnt have sherlocks wit but the dialogue is fairly succinct.
Maybe not enough people gave it a chance.
I havent enjoyed second series as much as first so maybe it is running out of ideas without me realising it.
There was a nice subplot about a corrupt murderous cop which im expecting them to revisit before the end of this series.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

There was a time when the BBC would give shows time to find an audience (some of it's bigger successes were developed this way, as some were slow burners to start).

Not any more.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2013 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I think its necessary to note the intelligence of the dialogue. Not that it is particularly theatrically dramatic (i.e. bold) oratory, just that I appreciate the educated english wielded. Not from every character, no, but certainly from many of them.

Its nice to have shows that assume the viewer comprehends the language, and that still deliver tension, chills, & action.

I shall soon pre-order season 2, I think. Hope BBC does not cancel it, *or* that the show can end in suitable fashion.

 
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