In My Protection

Series 1 - Episode 2 In My Protection



A toymaker is beaten to death and a young boy is arrested for his murder. But the decent, humane DI Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) is perturbed when the child refuses to speak in his own defence, even though he faces the gallows. It’s obvious the poor thing is protecting his brutal, Fagin-like gang-master, so Reid decides to shock him into speaking.

It’s another odd, bleak tale – imagine a cross between Oliver Twist and Luther – that almost reeks of Victorian England’s stinking streets, places where quick, sharp violence is never far away. Ripper Street is not for the faint-hearted, either; there’s an unsparing gallows scene that will make you whimper.


A toy-maker is beaten to death for a mysterious brass box and a few pennies, with the finger of suspicion pointing to a 14-year-old boy who refuses to deny the charge. However, orphanage governess Deborah Goren convinces Reid of the boy's innocence and he begins to dig deeper, bringing him face to face with a vicious child gang and its brutal master. Meanwhile, Jackson's gambling has led to the loss of the pendant that ties him to his American past - a past he and Long Susan now fear will be exposed. Crime thriller, guest starring Joseph Gilgun (Misfits), with Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg, Lucy Cohu and Myanna Buring.

Cast & Crew

Det Insp Edmund Reid Matthew Macfadyen
Det Insp Bennet Drake Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson Adam Rothenberg
Long Susan MyAnna Buring
Sgt Donald Artherton David Wilmot
PC Dick Hobbs Jonathan Barnwell
Fred Best David Dawson
Rose Erskine Charlene KcKenna
Emily Reid Amanda Hale
Deborah Goren Lucy Cohu
Carmichael Joseph Gilgun
Mr Eagles Hugh O'Conor
George Lusk Michael Smiley
Thomas Gower Giacomo Mancini
Mrs Manby Beverley Klein
Ernest Manby David Coon
Judge Pat Laffan
Prison guard Andy Kellegher
Prison chaplain Simon Coury
Gang child David Cummins
Victualler Alvaro Lucchesi
Director Tom Shankland
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Writer Richard Warlow
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