Ripper Street Season 2 Review “Threads of Silk and Gold”

This week’s Ripper Street took viewers into the secretive world of homosexual prostitution and international investment speculation. The episode incorporates facts and ideas from the Cleveland Street scandal of 1889 and the events leading to the Panic of 1890.

We begin with two telegram men, Vincent and David, fantasizing about how the will spend money they receive from their extortion plot. They have stolen a folio of documents from a Barings Bank employee, Quint, and are demanding payment for its return. They believe the documents are valuable enough that Quint will pay whatever they ask. They don’t know that Quint has enlisted a hired thug, who we later find out works for the bank’s manager, to retrieve the documents.



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