Whitechapel is back for a third series as the detective drama with a twist returns to UK screens following previous historically minded series based around Jack the Ripper and The Krays.
This season, the history is interwoven with the modern-day cases over a longer stretch of 6 episodes.
Series Three, which sees the return of the characters built so well in the first two seasons of Whitechapel, opens with a macabre and grizzly series of homicides which seem to the team almost inexplicable.
Set over two parts, we see a whole office full of tailors brutally killed, with no apparent forced entry into a shop with huge security.
The puzzling murders see Chandler call back the eccentric amateur historian and criminologist, Buchan, to scour a massive archive crammed with decade upon decade of crime records, in order to seek out similarities which might assist with the modern day conundrum the team faces.
While many are skeptical, Buchan’s apparent madness is not without method, and the team are soon lead down many investigative alleys.
This season of Whitechapel will see the team return for a further couple of two-part thrillers following this case, so expect more character development and also, with a little more time and budget, the series has developed some interesting horror-movie-esque cinematography which really ratchets up the tension.
Great fun for a Monday night.
Whitechapel series 3 airs at 9pm on Monday 30th January 2012 on ITV1 for UK viewers only.
Whitechapel Series 3 Cast
- DI Joseph Chandler – Rupert Penry-Jones
- DS Ray Miles – Phil Davis
- Edward Buchan – Steve Pemberton
- DC Finley Mansell – Ben Bishop
- DC Emerson Kent – Sam Stockman
- Dr Llewellyn – Claire Rushbrook
- DC Megan Riley – Hannah Walters