Ripper Street

Series 1 - 3. The King Came Calling

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

In an episode so rank with effluvia you may need a cushion to hide behind, the population of London’s East End is dropping to its knees, vomiting (and the rest) copiously.

You may wonder what this public health matter has to do with dour Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen). But a heinous criminal act lies behind what at first looks to be the return of cholera.

Soon the streets of Whitechapel and beyond are crawling with the sick
and the dying and Reid, along with his wiry sidekick sergeant (Jerome Flynn) and City police counterpart (Patrick Baladi), are on the trail of a madman.

For Reid the hunt soon develops an unpleasant personal dimension thanks to his do-gooding, pious wife Emily.

About this programme

3/8. H Division and the City of London work together when a sudden cholera outbreak causes them to suspect deliberate contamination in both boroughs. Inspector Sidney Ressler (The Office's Patrick Baladi) is the officer charged with joining Reid's team as they scour Whitechapel for clues and connections, but as the laboratory fills with bodies, no evidence is to be found. Meanwhile, Emily seeks a patron for her charity efforts, only to face resistance wherever she turns. Crime drama, also starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and Amanda Hale.

Cast and crew


Det Insp Edmund Reid
Matthew Macfadyen
Det Sgt Bennet Drake
Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson
Adam Rothenberg
PC Dick Hobbs
Jonathan Barnwell
Sgt Donald Artherton
David Wilmot
Emily Reid
Amanda Hale
Long Susan
MyAnna Buring
Sidney Ressler
Patrick Baladi
Jennifer Laverty
Dave Legeno
Simon Gregor
Flora Gable
Penny Downie
Stuart Bunce
Oddie Braddell
Emma Griffiths Malin
Jonathan White
Malcolm Adams
Distressed woman
Norma Sheahan


Andy Wilson
Stephen Smallwood
Declan Croghan
Richard Warlow

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