Ripper Street

Series 1 - 4. The Good of This City

The Good of This City
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A well-dressed woman walks into Ripper Street’s picturesque brothel, wanting her old job back. But brittle madam Long Susan won’t hear of it. Next, we see this dainty ex-prostitute weeping, wandering the streets covered in blood. It’s the start of another frustratingly woolly story that never reaches the heights that it should, despite its little nuggets of gold, notably a tough-looking Jerome Flynn as the sidekick of emotionally shuttered DI Edmund Reid.

Still, there are enjoyable bits of history – London’s Underground system is transforming the city as heaving slums make way for its construction, led by a zealous councillor (Paul McGann).

About this programme

4/8. The clearing of a slum for a new railway reveals the scene of a gruesome murder, and the team's only hope is a disturbed young woman who holds the key to a web of conspiracy that seems to involve an ambitious local councillor, Long Susan and a benevolent doctor from the Lark Rise asylum. But can the witness be trusted? Crime drama, starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, with appearances from Paul McGann (Withnail & I) and Emma Rigby (Prisoners' Wives).

Cast and crew


Det Insp Edmund Reid
Matthew Macfadyen
Det Insp Bennet Drake
Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson
Adam Rothenberg
Commissioner James Monro
Michael McElhatton
Sgt Donald Artherton
David Wilmot
PC Dick Hobbs
Jonathan Barnwell
Deborah Goren
Lucy Cohu
Long Susan
MyAnna Buring
Fred Best
David Dawson
Rose Erskine
Charlene McKenna
Emily Reid
Amanda Hale
Stanley Bone
Paul McGann
Lucy Eames
Emma Rigby
Dr Karl Crabbe
Anton Lesser
Jack Walsh


Andy Wilson
Stephen Smallwood
Julie Rutterford
Richard Warlow