I Need Light

Series 1 - Episode 1 I Need Light



It’s 1889 and the teeming streets of Whitechapel in east London are in tumult; though Jack the Ripper seems to have stopped carving a bloody swathe through the area’s prostitutes, the local population remains febrile and terrified of shadows.

Whitechapel police’s H Division and the decent, clever and level-headed Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) have grown used to the hysteria, so when a woman is found dead and savagely mutilated, they are prepared for the worst. Is Jack back? Reid recruits a dissolute American friend, a former Pinkerton detective, to help in the hunt for the killer.

Richard Warlow’s full-on script, in the first of an eight-part series, and the excellent production design pull us straight into Ripper Street. You can almost smell the stench of a capital groping its way to prosperity after the Industrial Revolution. But it’s a strange thing, a stylised oddity and, oh my,
it’s very kinky.


Thriller following a Victorian police division investigating murders on the blood-stained streets of London's Whitechapel. Matthew Macfadyen stars as DI Edmund Reid, still frustrated by his failure to capture Jack the Ripper six months previously, with Jerome Flynn as his dedicated sergeant Bennett Drake, and Adam Rothenberg as reluctant forensic analyst Captain Homer Jackson. A young woman is found brutally slain, a crime bearing the hallmarks of the Ripper. Former police boss Frederick Abberline believes the killer is back - but Reid suspects a new evil is at work. Myanna Buring, Amanda Hale and Clive Russell co-star.

Cast & Crew

Det Insp Edmund Reid Matthew Macfadyen
Det Insp Bennet Drake Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson Adam Rothenberg
PC Dick Hobbs Jonathan Barnwell
Ch Insp Fred Abberline Clive Russell
Sgt Donald Artherton David Wilmot
Long Susan MyAnna Buring
Fred Best David Dawson
Rose Erskine Charlene McKenna
Emily Reid Amanda Hale
Christian Thwaites Steven Robertson
Sir Arthur Donaldson Mark Dexter
Joseph Smeaton Geoff Bell
Cecil Creighton Julian Bleach
Maud Thwaites Sarah Gallagher
Pornographer Morgan Jones
Tour guide Garry Mountaine
Copper Bush Mouzkarzel
Fight umpire Sean Duggan
Director Tom Shankland
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Writer Richard Warlow
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