[02/08/12 - 08:24 AM]
Critically Acclaimed Crime Thriller, "Whitechapel," Returns to BBC America's Dramaville
The six-part second season kicks off Wednesday, March 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from BBC America]


The files of America's first serial killer H.H. Holmes and other historic cases from Britain's past help solve modern-day murders in London's East End

The critically acclaimed drama, Whitechapel, returns to BBC AMERICA's Dramaville with three distinctive, dark and chilling crime stories. From the producers of Downton Abbey, the new season will find Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), Detective Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis) and Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) spreading their investigations beyond the boundaries of East London's Whitechapel, as they peel back layers of the East End's most gruesome history. Whitechapel premieres Wednesday, March 28, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA's Dramaville.

In season one, the intrepid team tracked down a blood-thirsty Jack the Ripper copycat and faced off against the gangster brutality of a new generation of Krays. But now they are faced with a whole new set of challenges...

DI Chandler and DS Miles are still based in Whitechapel, with Ed Buchan joining the unit as their historical advisor. They have rescued a huge crime archive, a vast but chaotic collection of files and papers beneath the incident room. Buchan begins eagerly sorting this treasure trove of primary sources. Chandler is convinced crimes of the past hold the key to solving murders in the present and it's not long before they have their first case - the race is on to find the killer.

Whitechapel remains a dark and scary place, laden with villainy and foreboding. The East End will once again provide fertile ground for murder, body-snatching, poisoning and grisly discoveries, as the team's present day investigations echo three hundred years of crimes committed in the city's darkest recesses.

BBC AMERICA's Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns first three episodes are available now from BBC Home Entertainment on DVD, and download-to-own or electronic purchase where BBC AMERICA programs are available in the U.S.


DI Joseph Chandler Rupert Penry-Jones (Red Tails, MI-5, Persuasion)
DS Ray Miles Phil Davis (Sherlock, Merlin, Vera Drake)
Edward Buchan Steve Pemberton (Psychoville, The League of Gentelmen, Benidorm)
DC Finley Mansell Ben Bishop (Titanic)
DC Emerson Kent Sam Stockman (Wire in the Blood, Holby City)
Dr. Llewellyn Claire Rushbrook (The Fades, Doctor Who)
DC Megan Riley Hannah Walters (This is England '86, Filth and Wisdom)

Creator and Writer Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Primeval)

Director John Strickland (Bedlam, Bodies, Apparitions) (Episodes One and Two)

Director Richard Clark (Doctor Who, Life On Mars) (Episodes Three and Four)

Director Jon East (Summerhill, That Summer Day) (Episodes Five and Six)

Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle (Any Human Heart, Enid, Waking the Dead)

Producer David Boulter (Prime Suspect 6, Fiona's Story)

Whitechapel is a Carnival Films production for ITV

Note to editors Twitter: @BBCAMERICA Hashtags: #Whitechapel #Dramaville BBC AMERICA delivers US audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy(R), five Golden Globes(R) and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 74 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

  [february 2012]  


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