'Ripper Street': Crime-fighting in the shadow of a killer

How do you fight crime when the greatest criminal of them all, Jack the Ripper, walks free? That's the central question asked in "Ripper Street," a new crime drama airing on BBC America. And the answer creates a new kind of TV show -- a British period drama, a character study, a mystery and a graphically sexual and violent setting all come into play.The result is as excellent as it is dark."Ripper Street" is, in its essence, a police procedural. The show follows the murder investigations of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, "MI-5"), former US Army surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn, "Game of Thrones"). These three men -- alternately aided and hindered by a collection of policemen, informants and prostitutes -- are brilliant but flawed crime-solvers. It's almost as if someone took Sherlock Holmes and split him into three parts. The most Sherlock-ian of the...



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