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Series 4 - Episode 3
Some Conscience Lost
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“This is Whitechapel! For all that we have done here, she is still the merciless bitch of the East,” Drake sternly reminds Reid. And if we’d also forgotten about the grime and the violence and the wickedness of Victorian London, this episode rams it home with a story about the cruelty of the workhouse.
While accompanying Mathilda as she carries out Booth’s poverty survey, Reid happens upon a dying workhouse boy and becomes obsessed with what’s going on in the Union Workhouse. Superficially, it’s a marvel of order and hygiene but Reid has “a sickening thrum that there is some kind of malice at work here”. He’s right, of course.
It is Reid's first day back at H Division under the command of Drake, and it soon becomes clear that his investigative instinct is as sharp as ever despite his initial anxiety. He is drawn to a distressed woman who claims to have lost her child from the workhouse, but he begins to question her testimony when it becomes apparent that she is losing her wits. Meanwhile, Susan fails to stay hidden in the dangerous dockside world of Abel Croker, and Rose realises that being a mother to another woman's child is no easy task.
Cast & Crew
Det Insp Edmund Reid
Det Insp Bennet Drake
Cpt Homer Jackson
Sgt Drum Drummond
Det Sgt Frank Thatcher
Charley Palmer Rothwell
Workhouse boy 1
Luke Andrew Feeney
Workhouse boy 2
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