Jack the Ripper - The Case Reopened

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Jack the Ripper - The Case Reopened
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Review

It’s not hard to see why Emilia Fox was picked to present this new exploration of the Whitechapel murders, as it plays out like a cold-case documentary version of Silent Witness. At all times, Fox is flanked by mostly male criminologists (such as Prof David Wilson), she also stages a crime-scene reconstruction and is seen tapping away on a laptop keyboard.

And, of course, there are some autopsies to attend. “But how is this possible?” you may ask. After all, these killings date back to 1888. Well, just wait until you see the Anatomage, the world’s first virtual dissection table. Imagine Minority Report meets Quincy, M.E. and you get some idea as to what this amazing tech can do.

But aside from the digital, interactive post-mortems, this is really just standard Ripperology fare with a few flashes of insight that come courtesy of some geographical profiling. It’s entertaining enough seeing 21st-century methods applied to a Victorian mystery, but if you’ve read the most recent theories on Jack’s identity, you’ll recognise the conclusions reached.

Summary

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox and Professor of Criminology David Wilson re-examine the infamous murders, which took place in the Whitechapel district of London in the late 19th century. Using state-of-the-art technology, they hope to get closer than anyone has before to answering vital questions, including who Jack the Ripper was, what motivated his crimes, how he escaped justice, and whether he could have been responsible for even more brutal murders.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Emilia Fox
Presenter Professor David Wilson
Director Ashley Gething
Executive Producer Steve Crabtree
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Producer Ashley Gething
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