- 4 Seasons
Produced by Carnival Films and aired on ITV, Whitechapel is a British police drama that has run for three seasons with a fourth in the works. The series focuses on present day crimes, usually murders, in the Whitechapel area of London that seem to follow historical precedents of other crimes. As well as the murders, the story follows a detective new to Whitechapel and his team as they solve the cases. The first season dealt with a modern Jack the Ripper, the second with the infamous Kray twins, and the third with lesser known murders from London's past. Series regulars include Rupert Penry-Jones as Detective Inspector Chandler, Phil Davis as Detective Sergeant Miles, and Steve Pemberton as historian and Ripper expert Buchan. Joseph Chandler is an obsessive compulsive detective with family connections being groomed for a higher station in the police force when he is temporarily assigned as the Detective Inspector to the difficult Whitechapel district. He is there to solve an apparently easy murder that turns into a complicated case which tests Chandler's abilities and exacerbates his struggle with his mental disorder. In addition to the difficulties of the case, Chandler is met with the disdain of his fellow detectives who see him as nothing more than a paper-pusher without any practical experience. He has particular trouble with the man who ought to be his right hand, the sergeant Ray Miles. Through his tenacity and daring, Chandler proves himself to Miles and his fellow detectives and gains their trust while alienating himself from the men who meant to promote him. As the final straw that ruins his chance to move up, he chooses to save Miles' life over catching the faux Ripper and earns himself a permanent place at Whitechapel. The team bonds further as their cases become more dangerous and push Chandler's limits. In season two they are pitted against a conspiracy within the police force itself that tries and fails to bring the Whitechapel team down. With Miles' support in season three, Chandler solves cases and begins to overcome his mental problems.