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London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Inspector Frederick Abberline
Armand Assante ... Richard Mansfield
Ray McAnally ... Sir William Gull
Lewis Collins ... Sergeant George Godley
Ken Bones ... Robert James Lees
Susan George ... Catherine Eddowes
Jane Seymour ... Emma
Harry Andrews ... Coroner Wynne Baxter
Lysette Anthony ... Mary Jane Kelly
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Rodman (as Roger Ashton Griffiths)
Peter Armitage ... Sergeant Kerby
Desmond Askew ... Copy Boy
Trevor Baxter ... Lanyon
Mike Carnell Mike Carnell ... Newsvendor
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Lady Gull


London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of London. As the mutilated corpses of other "shilling whores" turn up in the same area, London's tabloid journalists - particularly Benjamin Bates of The Star - whip up a public frenzy. The killer is nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" after a letter bearing that name and supposedly from the killer, is forwarded to Scotland Yard. As the Ripper terrorizes London, public outrage erupts throughout the country, and Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren fears that a revolution is in the air in London's East End. Written by GusF

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Release Date:

11 October 1988 (UK) See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last time Michael Caine and Edward Judd appeared in a film together was The Day the Earth caught Fire when Judd was the lead actor and Caine had an uncredited role as a policeman. See more »


In reality, actor Richard Mansfield used an elaborate makeup trick to transform from Mr. Hyde back into Dr. Jekyll, not the other way around as portrayed here. This also makes the scene Mansfield is playing out when the characters visit the theatre incorrect also. It appears to be the scene where Dr. Jekyll transforms in the presence of fellow doctor Dr. Lanyon, but it was into Jekyll he transforms in the story not Hyde. See more »

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Episode 1
24 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A £1 million fee got Thames Television Michael Caine as drink loving Inspector Abberline in this lavish re-telling of Jack the Ripper.

This is a glossy UK/USA co-production so you have Susan George slumming it as a common prostitute. You have a fair idea that she will end up as a victim pretty soon.

Apart from marking Caine's return to television. The producers hyped this two part drama as the definite truth regarding who the real ripper might be. Historians begged to differ though.

Lewis Collins provides able support as Sergeant George Godley.

Unfortunately a lot of the cast overacts. Maybe because the screenplay is a load of tosh. I watched this went it was originally broadcast on ITV, the Armand Assante transformation scene makes no sense.

Caine underplays Abberline nicely but this is campy stuff mixed with some gore.

The first episode sets up many suspects as to who the ripper might be.

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