When the news came it was always probably going to be delivered with the brutal efficiency of a killer – and for Whitechapel fans it came tonight: ITV has cancelled the crime drama.
Lead actor Rupert Penry-Jones took to Twitter to reveal that recently-aired series four will be the last.
He wrote: “Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone but ITV don’t want any more Whitechapel. That’s all folks x”
The news brings the curtain down on a high-concept but occasionally maligned series in which Penry-Jones’ obsessive compulsive DI Joseph Chandler and his sidekick DS Ray Miles played by Phil Davies sought to tame grisly crime in the rough streets of modern east London. Often borrowed from real life cases such as the Ripper murder or the Kray crimes, the show was known for its often extreme violence.
Chandler was aided by the obsessive Ripperologist Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) in the show which started in 2009 and finished what turned out to be its final run last month.
In case you were wondering whether this could have been a cruel hoax worthy of a master criminal in the show itself, Penry-Jones took to Twitter to confirm it.
“No not joking I am afraid,” he wrote.“Silk coming soon though 😉 and I am off somewhere amazing for something new. Stay tuned x “