The Good of This City

Series 1 - Episode 4 The Good of This City



A well-dressed woman walks into Ripper Street’s picturesque brothel, wanting her old job back. But brittle madam Long Susan won’t hear of it. Next, we see this dainty ex-prostitute weeping, wandering the streets covered in blood. It’s the start of another frustratingly woolly story that never reaches the heights that it should, despite its little nuggets of gold, notably a tough-looking Jerome Flynn as the sidekick of emotionally shuttered DI Edmund Reid.

Still, there are enjoyable bits of history – London’s Underground system is transforming the city as heaving slums make way for its construction, led by a zealous councillor (Paul McGann).


The clearing of a slum for a new railway reveals the scene of a gruesome murder, and the team's only hope is a disturbed young woman who holds the key to a web of conspiracy that seems to involve an ambitious local councillor, Long Susan and a benevolent doctor from the Lark Rise asylum. But can the witness be trusted? Crime drama, starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, with appearances from Paul McGann (Withnail & I) and Emma Rigby (Prisoners' Wives).

Cast & Crew

Det Insp Edmund Reid Matthew Macfadyen
Det Insp Bennet Drake Jerome Flynn
Cpt Homer Jackson Adam Rothenberg
Commissioner James Monro Michael McElhatton
Sgt Donald Artherton David Wilmot
PC Dick Hobbs Jonathan Barnwell
Deborah Goren Lucy Cohu
Long Susan MyAnna Buring
Fred Best David Dawson
Rose Erskine Charlene McKenna
Emily Reid Amanda Hale
Stanley Bone Paul McGann
Lucy Eames Emma Rigby
Dr Karl Crabbe Anton Lesser
Denton Jack Walsh
Director Andy Wilson
Producer Stephen Smallwood
Writer Julie Rutterford
Writer Richard Warlow
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