Ripper Street Season 1 Review “Tournament of Shadows”

A strike of dock workers spirals out of control and becomes an excuse for murder on this week’sRipper Street. This is no ordinary labor dispute or murder, however. To discover the killer, Reid must chase the shadows of political intrigue, double agents, and ideological agendas.

From previous episodes, we know that Whitechapel is the area of London where the less fortunate resided in the latter part of the 19th century. The area was also a draw for emigrants fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe and for Russian and German extremists. Fueled by socialist ideals and desire for fair pay, the workers’ anger resulted in the London Dock Strike of 1889. This is the background for this week’s intrigue.



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