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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

New names join Ripper Street


Ripper Street’s Reid, Drake and Jackson (played by Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg respectively) are to be joined this year by a number of new faces in the eagerly anticipated second series which is currently filming in Dublin.

Made by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company) and Lookout Point in association with BBC America, this new series moves the action forward to 1890. As the century enters its final decade, the streets teeter on the brink of moral collapse, and nowhere is the declining British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London.

This week it has been announced that Jackson’s older brother, Daniel Judge, will arrive in Whitechapel for this series' two part finale. Producers are thrilled that Daniel will be played by David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Lincoln, The Wire).

Other faces who make their debut this year include Being Human’s Damian Molony, who joins H Division as new detective constable Albert Flight. Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Birdsong) plays rival – and corrupt – Inspector Jedidiah Shine. The series also welcomes newcomer Leanne Best who plays Jane Cobden - the first woman elected to the London County Council.

Myanna Buring and Charlene McKenna  both reprise their roles of Long Susan and Rose and again bring with them feminine fight and glamour to the corrupt and crime ridden streets of Victorian London.

Guest characters include an almost unrecognisable turn by Paul Kaye (2,000 Acres of Sky, Game of Thrones), who is of course also well remembered for his comedy creation Dennis Pennis. Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who), Gina Bellman (Coupling) and James Wilby (Maurice, Clapham Junction) also join.

Matthew MacFadyen has recently said "It's fantastic to be reunited with much of the wonderful cast and crew from last year. Also to be reunited with my bowler hat - I'd missed it. 

"The show's creator Richard Warlow has given us wonderful, strange and unsettling episodes, teeming with the fierce and fragile life of Victorian Whitechapel."

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