While some have lobbied over the years for saucy Adam‘s inclusion in the list of reasonable Ripper suspects, careful research appears to prove conclusively that “Baby Rothenberg” was born at least 85 years after Jack’s last murder — making it nearly impossible that our multimedia heartthrob could be the actual killer.
An exonerated Adam recently waxed explanatory on the Ripper Street project, saying it’s “about Whitechapel during the tail end of the reign of Jack the Ripper. But that is very much just the beginning and the introduction to everything that follows. It’s a drama about the lives of the people that are trying to install some sort of order in a world which is on the verge of exploding.”
It sounds like an exceptionally good fit, as Adam has kept his fans on the verge of exploding for years. Tune in or drop out, Apple Nation!
History’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, tore through London. Now, the detectives who were on the case have to pick up the pieces. In the aftermath of the murders, can anyone keep order in the blood-stained London Streets?
Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Inspector Edmund Reid (Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division, the toughest district in London’s East End. Charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel, Inspector Reid is soon drawn deep into the seedy criminal underworld of Victorian London — where fear always lurks that each new murder could mark the return of The Ripper.
Ripper Street is a riveting new eight-part crime series set to premiere on BBC America on January 19, 2013 at 9/8 CT. The series is also available on iTunes.
Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid
Jerome Flynn as Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake
Adam Rothenberg as Captain Homer Jackson
MyAnna Buring as Long Susan
Charlene McKenna as Rose Erskine
Amanda Hale as Emily Reid
Jonathan Barnwell as Police Constable Dick Hobbs
David Wilmot as Sergeant Donald Artherton
David Dawson as Fred Best
Clive Russell as Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline
Executive Producer(s): Greg Brenman and Will Gould (Tiger Aspect); Simon Vaughan (Lookout Point); Andrew Lowe; Ed Guiney
Producer: Stephen Smallwood
Produced for the BBC by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC AMERICA
Made with the participation of Bord Scannén na hÉireann (Irish Film Board)
Commissioned by BBC Head of Drama, Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen
Executive Producer for BBC1: Polly Hill
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Directors: Andy Wilson, Tom Shankland, Colm McCarthy
Writers: Richard Warlow (6 episodes), Toby Finlay (2 episodes)
Cinematography: Julian Court, PJ Dillon, Peter Robertson
Production Design: Mark Geraghty
Composer: Dominik Scherrer