After two amazing episodes, it clear that the makers of Ripper Street have certainly done something right! Part of the success of this show is the level of detail created by both the actors and the creative team. The show has the ability to take issues pertaining to the 1800’s and making it relevant today -an aspect that has created quite the buzz in the television world.
Ripper Street takes an interesting twist on the police genre -“It has the elements of CSI cop shows, set in Victorian London” says Adam Rothenberg [Homer Jackson]. The show according to star Matthew MacFadyen [Detective Reid] is a “visceral drama, set in the reign of Queen Victoria in Whitechapel, London; in the aftermath of the Ripper murders.” That being said, Ripper Street is on the forefront of sciences that are heavily present in police dramas of today. It is Ripper Street's ability to cover contemporary issues such as; pornography, child slavery, and gangs that even though it’s based in the 1800’s it is still able to appear current.
Another thing that adds to the shows excellent portrayal of the Victorian era is the believability of its characters. Each character brings a certain energy to the show, largely based on the actors who individually connect to their character, which in part allows for an accurate representation of the residents of Whitechapel in 1889. Charlene McKenna who plays Rose , speaks highly of her character who in its entirety is a protest to the societal norms that are set in place- by essentially being a Victorian-era prostitute - stating that “[Rose] is really feisty; she says it like it is. She’s very manipulative and incredibly street smart. She’s also a romantic, dreamer and a fantasist - It’s that layer that is so much fun to play with every day.”
Part of the success and accuracy of this show is also largely based on the creative team behind it. MyAnna Buring, who plays “Long Susan” spoke highly of the team stating the following “our production designer is a genius. Every set and location you go to is so detailed and so rich. As soon as we got in here he sort of brought things to life. He did what great production designers do, he kind of aids you as an actor. He gives you all these references to use and to work off”.
Based on all the facets that make Ripper Street what it is, it is quite apparent why the show has already been picked up by the BBC for a second season