Become Man

Series 2 - Episode 3 Become Man



“Mistreated by men, ignored, dismissed, used for carnal pursuits, dispossessed: The ill-used women of this city could number an army,” snorts Jane Cobden (Leanne Best), who is determined to improve their lot and is the first woman appointed to London County Council. But DI Reid isn’t looking for an army, just a gang of angry females who’ve abducted a politician, a lawyer and a factory owner. (All are men, of course.)

Unfortunately, Long Susan (MyAnna Buring) inadvertently gets caught up in their plot. However, she gradually grows sympathetic to their cause until she too becomes indignant at how men rule her life. Although the streets of Victorian Whitechapel are as grimy and squalid as ever, some nice frocks bring a splash of colour to proceedings while the music hall version of Jack the Ripper is wonderfully gaudy.


A prominent member of the London County Council is abducted from his table at the music hall where Rose Erskine now works as a waitress, bringing the recently married Drake back into contact with the woman who broke his heart. The kidnappers are members of a female gang who support the beliefs of ambitious Jane Cobden - the first woman appointed to the council - and it isn't long before they strike again, taking a lawyer from the brothel along with Long Susan. However, as Jackson works furiously to find her, she grows sympathetic to her captors' lives and aims, and begins to question the life she has established in Whitechapel.

Cast & Crew

Det Insp Edmund Reid Matthew Macfadyen
Det Insp Bennet Drake Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson Adam Rothenberg
Long Susan MyAnna Buring
Rose Erskine Charlene McKenna
Fred Best David Dawson
Sgt Donald Atherton David Wilmot
Bella Drake Gillian Saker
Silas Duggan Frank Harper
Det Con Albert Flight Damien Molony
Raine Neve McIntosh
Jane Cobden Leanne Best
Walter De Souza Robert O'Mahoney
Charity Alicia Gerrard
Ida Amber Rowan
Mags Alexis Forbes
Blewett Michael Grennell
Urwin Gary Murphy
Ely David Murray
Pembury Arthur Riordan
Jack the Ripper Ciaran O'Brien
Ettie Hannah Mamalis
Agatha Sheila Moylette
Singer Karen Egan
Director Chris Menaul
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Writer Marnie Dickens
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