March 11, 2014

Ripper Street: Season Two

Whitechapel’s Finest Detectives Return to Blu-ray & DVD on April 15, 2014

Street Date: April 15, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Blu-ray $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 480 mins + bonus material / 3-disc set (DVD)/ 2-disc set (BD)

New York, NY – Return to the meanest streets of East London on April 15, 2014 with the Blu-ray and DVD release of BBC AMERICA’s critically acclaimed crime drama Ripper Street from BBC Home Entertainment. Dubbed “Downton Stabby” by Entertainment Weekly, Ripper Street: Season Two provides a vivid, violent look at Victorian London as it staggers toward the Twentieth Century. The long shadow of Jack the Ripper may be gone, but the job of protecting London’s Whitechapel district has never been harder for Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew MacfadyenAnna Karenina) and his loyal deputies Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome FlynnGame of Thrones) and Captain Homer Jackson (Adam RothenbergElementary).

The year is 1890. As the century enters its final decade, recession stalks Great Britain. Its preeminent role in the world is under threat and nowhere is the bloated British Empire’s problems felt more keenly than in its dark heart: the East End of London. Against a society in rapid decline, the men of Metropolitan Police’s H Division take on new crimes including a new drug scourge of an imperial nature, a female gang set on vengeance against their industrial tormentors, escaped bombers, subversive cult Svengalis and a mad eugenicist that stalks the circus freak shows for prey – an investigation that brings the elusive “Elephant Man” (Joseph Drake, Doctors) to their aid. These new threats will test Reid and his allies to their very limit, all while facing corruption in their own ranks from the neighboring force of Limehouse’s K Division, and its formidable and entirely amoral leader, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine (Joseph Mawle, Game of Thrones).

The team faces challenges on the home front too. Without his wife Emily to anchor him, Reid wrestles personal demons of guilt and isolation. Drake has a new wife; but in committing to her, may have lost the brutal intensity that was a hallmark of his policing. Jackson, no longer bound by the need to keep a low profile, questions the suitability of Whitechapel as a place to call home while ‘Long’ Susan Hart (Myanna Buring, Downton Abbey) struggles to protect her brothel on Tenter Street and livelihood from the secret debt she owes the ruthless moneylender, Silas Duggan.

In addition to Joseph Mawle, new cast members in season two include David Costabile (Breaking BadThe Wire), Damien Molony (Being Human), and Leanne Best (Wire in the Blood). Guest stars this season also include Paul Kaye (2,000 Acres of SkyGame of Thrones) as Gabriel Cain, Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who) as Raine, Gina Bellman (Coupling) as Jemima Swan and James Wilby (Maurice, Clapham Junction) as Charles Broadwick.

Ripper Street: Season Two premiered on BBC AMERICA on Saturday, February 22, at 9:00pm ET/PT. The series has already been commissioned for a third season, which will begin filming in May 2014.

Exclusive Bonus features include:

  • “Beneath Ripper Street” – cast & crew interviews