The new Victorian-set crime drama continues next Sunday with a case centring around Ernest Manby (David Coon), a 60-year-old toy maker beaten to death for the coins in his pocket and a mysterious brass box.
The Whitechapel Vigilance Committee offers up 14-year-old Thomas Gower (Giacomo Mancini) as a culprit, with the youth refusing to deny the charge. Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) – his conscience pricked by a radical lawyer called Eagles (Hugh O’Conor) and orphanage governess Deborah Goren (Lucy Cohu) – tests the validity of the investigation.
Elsewhere, Jackson’s (Adam Rothenberg) vices lead to the loss of the pendant that ties him to his American past – a history that he and Long Susan (MyAnna Buring) fear will now come to be exposed. Plus Reid and Drake (Jerome Flynn) come to be besieged at Miss Goren’s orphanage by the rest of Gower’s vicious child gang and their callous master, Carmichael (Joseph Gilgun).
Episode two of Ripper Street is at 9pm on Sunday 6 January on BBC1