Ripper Street (2012–2016)
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I Need Light 

When the disfigured body of a young woman is found in Whitechapel, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid fears that Jack the Ripper has returned to kill again.


Tom Shankland


Richard Warlow (creator), Richard Warlow


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn ... Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg ... Captain Homer Jackson
Clive Russell ... Chief Inspector Fred Abberline
David Wilmot ... Sgt. Donald Artherton
Jonathan Barnwell ... PC Dick Hobbs
MyAnna Buring ... Long Susan
David Dawson ... Fred Best
Charlene McKenna ... Rose Erskine
Amanda Hale ... Emily Reid
Steven Robertson ... Christian Thwaites
Mark Dexter ... Sir Arthur Donaldson
Geoff Bell ... Joseph Smeaton
Julian Bleach ... Cecil Creighton
Morgan C. Jones ... Pornographer (as Morgan Jones)




Whitechapel,1889. It is some months since Jack the Ripper last struck but, when another young woman is found slain with 'Down on Whores' daubed on a nearby wall, the supposition is that he has returned. Tough inspector Reid,however,forces journalist Fred Best to confess he added the paintwork to perpetuate interest in the Ripper. American police doctor Jackson agrees that this is a different murderer and,through his friendship with brothel keeper Long Susan,finds that the victim,Maude Thwaites,was a married woman who posed for pornographic photos to support her unemployed husband Christian. Reid and his sergeant,Drake,save Christian from intruders but he later kills himself. Surviving an attempt on their lives Reid,Jackson and Drake are given a lead which takes them to their murderer - a man with an unhealthy interest in photography. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The episode title "I Need Light," is spoken by Cecil Creighton (Julian Bleach). See more »


Captain Homer Jackson: [preparing to autopsy the dead woman's body] Get her naked, Sergeant Drake.
[Drake starts to strip the woman's clothes off]
Captain Homer Jackson: Hey! Gently. What are those, hands or meat hooks, really? It's no wonder to me at all you're a bachelor!
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Brilliant start to an immensely engrossing series.
19 May 2018 | by FountainPenSee all my reviews

Once again the British show how they excel so magnificently at the genre. Great atmosphere, attention to the smallest details, historical accuracy, acting expertise by even the most minor roles, outstanding sets and scenery... wonderful ! An easy 9/10

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Release Date:

19 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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