If you love a dark, brooding, mysterious historical drama, then you’re probably hooked on Ripper Street.
The crime-solving series is so much more than a period police procedural, though. It’s jam-packed with action, emotion and more ambience than you can shake a historical policeman’s truncheon at. And it’s not the only drama of its ilk. If you’ve been enjoying Friday nights in the company of Reed, Drake, Jackson and co., then why not give one of these dramas a go…
A trio of crime fighters in London’s East End? Whitechapel may sound familiar but this time we’re in modern-day London, where a fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past. Rupert-Penry Jones, Philip Davis and Steve Pemberton are tasked with getting to the bottom of things.
Trade real-life criminals for supernatural threats and Victorian London becomes even more sinister in Penny Dreadful. Never fear, though: some of literature’s most famous faces are at hand to keep the beasts at bay. You don’t see Dr Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray in the same room every day. Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnett lead the way.
If you want brooding historical drama, then look no further than Birmingham-set Peaky Blinders. Irish favourite Cillian Murphy stars as gang boss Tommy Shelby. He’s a ferocious young man with his heart set on moving up in the world, so it’s no wonder he’s leading a group of men who sew razor blades into their caps… Keep an eye out for Tom Hardy and Sam Neill.
Love Matthew Macfadyen and a weekly mystery? Then look no further than Britain’s longest-running spy drama. Spooks made its debut back in 2002 and follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service’s Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid. If high stakes espionage is your thing, you’ll be suitably entertained.
If grisly historical detective drama is your thing then Paddy Considine’s Mr Whicher will be right up your alley – especially if said alley looks particularly dodgy. The original TV film (shown back in 2011) was based on a real-life murder case, but the episodes that followed served as fictionalised accounts of Whicher’s career as a private enquiry agent. Keep an eye out for Olivia Colman, Peter Capaldi and other familiar faces.