For the record, I am an unabashed ‘fan’ of the mystery surrounding the Whitechapel Murders involving the infamous, still unidentified “Jack The Ripper.” Well saying ‘fan’ may be a bit of a stretch. I have read several novels and short stories (including the fantastic Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, written by Robert Bloch in 1943). In fact, a seminal childhood memories is of my grammar school friend reading this story to me over the phone one Friday afternoon. This was probably the moment which sparked my “Jack the Ripper” interest.
More recently on a trip to London, me and my friends stopped by the Sherlock Holmes Museum and among other forms of kitsch and paraphernalia, there was a sweet collection of bits related to the crimes committed in 1888.
This fascination goes beyond the printed page and jumps on to the silver screen. Among my favorite ‘Ripper-themed’ films are:
- The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1923) dir by Hitchcock
- The Lodger (1944) starring George Sanders and Merle Oberon
- Man in the Attic (1953) starring Jack Palance
- Time After Time (1979) starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen
- From Hell (2001) based on the Alan Moore graphic novel and directed by the Hughes Brothers. Starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham and Ian Holm
So you are probably wondering where this all leading. While watching Law and Order: UK as I do on Wednesday evenings, there was a preview for a ‘new’ series coming to BBC America. It is called Whitechapel and it is premiering here in the States on October 26th.
The plot is pretty basic – in modern day London, there is a killer on the loose whose M.O. mirrors that of the Victorian-era serial murderer. Here are the opening credits.
So what do you think? Is this something that you are interesting in watching this?