Having been treated to preview of the first episode of Whitechapel (and a showreel of what’s coming in future weeks) I can assure fans they’re in for a real treat when the show returns later this month.
As our interview with stars Rupert Penry Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton confirms, the show has returned to it’s gothic roots and does so with great effect.
The first episode has probably the spookiest and most tense opening of any TV series in years – a room full of seasoned telly hacks were on the edge of their seats.
If you were less than convinced by the Krays plotline of the last series, there’s some good news – the format has changed, dropping the copycat theme in favour of using Buchan’s knowledge of crimes as a “map” to investigate new cases.
Changing formats can be a tricky thing to pull off, it’s very easy to break a show in the process.
Thankfully the tweaks to Whitechapel are a genuine improvement, avoiding the need to contrive more copycat cases and allowing stories true to the original run’s tone, rather than its plot.
Set your Sky+ for ITV, Monday 30 January at 9:00pm