Prime Video Spotlight: BBC’s Whitechapel Crime Drama Series

Fans of thrilling crime drama who would like a little less gloss and a little more grit than most American crime dramas can offer will want to give the excellent Whitechapel crime drama series a try. In this program the cases span more than one episode, allowing for plenty of character development and investigative detail along the way to solving the crimes.

All four seasons are currently (as of 7/7/16) included in the Prime Video catalog.

Whitechapel, Season 1

The streets of Whitechapel are awash with blood. A murderer stalks the night, picking off vulnerable women and leaving them brutally butchered. The locals live in fear and the police remain clueless — with no motive, no evidence and no hope of catching this barbaric killer. But this is not the 19th Century and the time of Jack the Ripper. This is now.

Assigned to the case is fast-tracked DI Chandler — a novice in the business of murder, an expert in the politics of policing and three day courses. His fellow officers, however, are anything but. Chief among them is DS Miles, the archetypal cynical, seen-it-all detective. Tipped-off by ‘Ripperologist’ Edward Buchan, Chandler realises that this modern day killer is copying the infamous Whitechapel murders, down to the very last detail.

Can Chandler do what his fellow officers failed to do over 100 years before, and catch the person responsible? Cinematic and stylish, with a distinctive gothic edge and gallows wit, Whitechapel is a far cry from most police procedural dramas.

Prepare for ambitious storylines, memorable, realistic characters and enough scares to keep the blood racing.


Whitechapel, Season 2

DI Chandler returns in this atmospheric, brooding drama.

Back in the 1960s, twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray ruled the East End of London through organized crime, bringing murder and violence to the streets of Whitechapel.

When a man’s mutilated body surfaces in the Thames, Chandler and his team begin to suspect someone is murdering old gangland mobsters…


Whitechapel, Season 3

Rupert Penry-Jones returns in three atmospheric and brooding stories set in London’s East End. Meticulous and obsessional DI Chandler and hard-bitten DS Miles are still based in Whitechapel. Cinematic and stylish, in Whitechapel the killers may be modern, but the crimes have a history all of their own. This season offers three cases:

DI Joseph Chandler and DS Ray Miles investigate the deaths of four people who were murdered at a tailor’s workshop, a gruesome and apparently senseless crime that has left the East End of London gripped with fear.

Chandler and the team attend the christening of Miles’ daughter, but soon find themselves dealing with a murder case when a fox is seen running through Whitechapel with a human arm in its mouth. More body parts from the same person are washed up from the Thames, but the detectives struggle to identify the victim.

A dangerous patient and former Whitechapel resident escapes from a psychiatric unit around the same time that a babysitter is murdered. With the area becoming the focus of a series of terrifying events, Chandler’s quest to bring in a suspect alive puts a strain on his relationship with Miles.


Whitechapel, Season 4

This season sees the team confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions.

Someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror.


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