Ripper Street is a grungy British mystery TV series that airs on Space starting Saturday January 19th at 9 p.m. If you are a fan of Murdoch Mysteries this show is going to be familiar territory. Detective Inspector Reid (Macfadyen) applies a bunch of new ideas and techniques to sloving crime. He is helped by Homer Jackson, an American surgeon with a shady past and present, who uses what will one day be known as forensic science to help Reid.
Ripper Street opens in April 1889, a few months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. A woman is found dead and the crime has all the markings of a Ripper killing though some of these markings have been created by an eager journalist. Detective Inspector Reid is on the case and must contend not only with a crooked journalist but with Chief Inspector Abberline, an old school cop who is smarting from not having found Jack.
Reid is also working most unusually on breaking an underground gambling ring. The two cases might even be intertwined.
This is a very good show. The accents are somewhat thicker than what you get in your usual British TV show but it is not really hard to get used to that. Some of the nods to future inventions such as movies require a generous mind but the show usually gets away with it.