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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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on BBC America
4 Seasons, 18 Episodes
October 26, 2011
Crime, Drama
Cast: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman
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Whitechapel Full Episode Guide

  • The hunt is on to find a possible gang of cannibalistic killers in Whitechapel's underground tunnels before a young girl becomes the next victim.

  • Following Buchan's kidnap there is an oppressive atmosphere in the police station and Chandler and Miles struggle to keep the team together.

  • When a student is abducted during a visit to the dentist Miles considers using unorthodox methods to find him, much to Chandler's disgust.

  • The team discovers the skin of a man's face in Whitechapel Art Gallery and, thanks to some distinctive tattoos, link the case to the Russian mafia.

  • Someone is killing witches in Whitechapel and Chandler is determined to catch them, while the station itself is awash with unexplained phenomena.

  • The team investigates the murder of a man who is crushed by stones and, as the killer's methods are revealed, Chandler unearths a sinister precedent.

  • After a babysitter is found to be have beeen murdered and a dangerous patient and former Whitechapel resident escapes from a psychiatric unit, the local area becomes the scene of a series of scarey events in quick succession. The team have to act fast as they become concerned that a masked killer is on the loose.

  • After a babysitter is murdered and a dangerous patient and former Whitechapel resident manages to escape from a psychiatric unit, the area becomes the focus of a series of shocking events one after the other. The team need to work quickly as they worry that a masked spree killer is on the loose.

  • A torso is discovered washed on the Thames up at Putney Bridge. Both the arm and the torso show signs of having been poisoned. Llewellyn discovers traces of "Spanish Fly", an aphrodisiac drug used by the Marquis de Sade at his infamous orgies in the body and Chandler, Miles and the team attempt to work out what sort of killer they could be dealing with.

  • When Chandler, Miles and the team attend the christening of Miles' daughter, Martha, a fox runs through Whitechape with a human arm inside its mouth.

  • After a second mass murder happens where there is no obvious break-in, no escape route and no forensics the crimes tend up looking like they have a supernatural edge to them.

  • Ed Buchan works with DI Chandler and DS Miles as their new historical advisor. After four people are murdered at night in a fortified tailor's workshop, the East End becomes gripped with panic and fear. Chandler and Miles take a look back at history in an effort to help solve the crime.

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