Series 3 - Episode 3

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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

It’s as daft as a whole cupboardful of brushes, but Whitechapel is so cleverly done - however dumb its gleefully gory stories, they are always well filmed and nattily edited - that it’s difficult not to get caught up in the eerie atmosphere.

As a new story begins, a motorcyclist finds a dismembered arm. When Detective Inspector Chandler and his team investigate, they discover that the limb has been scavenged by a fox. So presumably the rest of the body is lying somewhere in the capital’s gloomy netherworld of reeking dark alleyways and badly lit, threatening snickets.

Of course, there has to be a parallel with a particular historical serial killing, and nerdy expert Edward Buchan sees similarities to the Thames Torso Murders. It’s barmy, but the episode is lifted by Barbara Marten as a Miss Havisham-type woman with a hoarding problem.

About this programme

3/6. Part one of two. Chandler and the team attend the christening of Miles' daughter, but soon find themselves dealing with a murder case when a fox runs through Whitechapel with a human arm in its mouth. More body parts from the same person are washed up from the Thames, but the detectives struggle to identify the victim. Starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton.

Cast and crew


DI Joseph Chandler
Rupert Penry-Jones
DS Ray Miles
Phil Davis
Edward Buchan
Steve Pemberton
DC Emerson Kent
Sam Stockman
DC Finley Mansell
Ben Bishop
DC Megan Riley
Hannah Walters
Dr Caroline Llewellyn
Claire Rushbrook
DI Mina Norroy
Camilla Power
Nathan Merceron
Paul Chequer
Adelina Grace
Barbara Marten
Victor Durward
Andrew Buckley
Mrs Bowe
Sadie Shimmin
Jacqueline Roberts
Alison Newman
Damian Dudkiewicz


Richard Clark
Executive Producer
Sally Woodward Gentle
David Boulter
Ben Court
Caroline Ip