Dark, intense and adult, the first episode of BBC One's Ripper Street impresses Jamie-Lee...
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1.8 I Need Light
After the turkey gluttony and epilepsy-inducing fairy light displays of Christmas, the BBC obviously thought that TV audiences would be after something less saccharine upon the approach of the New Year than the best of Downton Abbey or the Eastenders Omnibus. Flicking through the Radio Times, post-watershed telly on BBC One is a Quality Street tin full of TV – ranging from the highly sought after purple-wrapped fantastic period drama Restless starring Charlotte Rampling, Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, followed by a less salubrious sickly strawberry cream Take That highlights tour show, to the bog-standard toffee penny with Mrs Brown’s Boys. The 9pm primetime Sunday spot this week sees the start of brand new eight-part mini-series, Ripper Street. But this is no Nestlé chocolate treat wrapped in shiny foil.