Three unlikely heroes, Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), a fast-tracked DI, Ray Miles (Phil Davis), a front-line, hard-bitten DS, and Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton), an expert on the myths and legends behind unexplained or violent deaths, investigate London murders with historical influences.
In WHITECHAPEL I, a modern police force is fighting an old adversary; an adversary who was never caught. Set against the contrasting facades of Whitechapel, London, a series of bloody, tragic and impossible crimes suggest someone is carrying out copycat Jack the Ripper murders 120 years after the killer first struck. In a city under the constant surveillance of CCTV and safe in the knowledge that DNA evidence helps catch even the most dangerous criminal, this modern day Ripper still manages to recreate the slaughter with alarming accuracy while mirroring the red herrings and twisted idiosyncrasies connected to the original case.
WHITECHAPEL II once more boldly draws on an iconic cult crime born out of the area, the gangster brutality of the Krays. The paranoia of this era and the faded glamour of the former East End overlords characterises the drama.
In WHITECHAPEL III, gruesome crimes summon up screaming and restless ghosts of the past and it's up to Chandler's team to decipher their historic relevance in order to piece together the clues of modern day crimes. But with 300 years of dark and scary East End history for Buchan to sift through, will the team be able to use the nightmares of the past to solve the horrors of the present? Three stories, each comprising of two episodes, will peel back the layers of some of the East End’s most gruesome history. Once again our heroes have a race against time to prevent further bloodshed in this sharp, intense and visually distinctive drama.
WHITECHAPEL IV sees Chandler’s team confronted by dark, twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions... Someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomenon. Mysterious footsteps in empty corridors, creeping mould and silty water. Could the station be haunted? And who or what is really behind the evil that surfaces in Whitechapel?
STARRING: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Alex Jennings, Claire Rushbrook, George Rossi, Johnny Harris, Christopher Fulford, Sam Stockman, Hannah Walters
WRITERS: Ben Court & Caroline Ip, Steve Pemberton
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sally Woodward Gentle, Gareth Neame
Whitechapel is a Carnival Films production for ITV