Ripper Street

10 Best Episodes of Ripper Street

A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. Ripper Street explores the lives of characters trying to recover from the Ripper's legacy, from crimes that have not only irretrievably altered their lives, but the very fabric of their city. At the drama's heart our detectives try to bring a little light into the dark world they inhabit.

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Ripper Street - S3E1

#15 - Whitechapel Terminus (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Reid and Long Susan are set on a collision course after a locomotive disaster.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 314 votes.

Ripper Street - S2E1

#14 - Pure as the Driven (Season 2 - Episode 1)


Jack the Ripper may be fading into memory, but east London has found no peace. An investigation into the assault of a policeman leads DI Reid and the men of H-Division to the newly-emergent Chinatown, where Jackson discovers evidence of a new and devastatingly powerful opiate. Reid fears a new kind of hell is to be released onto his streets.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 316 votes.

Ripper Street - S3E7

#13 - Live Free, Live True (Season 3 - Episode 7)

The murder of a chemist lifts the lid on a backstreet abortion racket.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 235 votes.

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#12 - Dynamite and a Woman (Season 2 - Episode 4)


An Irish bomber is sprung from prison and barely a day later a prominent opponent of the Home Rule movement is murdered. Chief Inspector Abberline is convinced that the Irish Republican Brotherhood is active once more and orders Reid to send the Irish DC Flight undercover into Whitechapel's Irish community.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 269 votes.

Ripper Street - S4E6

#11 - Edmund Reid Did This (Season 4 - Episode 6)

The walls close in on Reid as a secret from his past threatens to destroy his future in Whitechapel.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 306 votes.

Ripper Street - S5E4

#10 - The Dreaming Dead (Season 5 - Episode 4)


An unexpected source alerts Reid and Jackson to Nathaniel's handiwork, Shine receives information which he uses to his advantage, while Dove forms a plan to trap the fugitives.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 311 votes.

Ripper Street - S2E6

#9 - A Stronger Loving World (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Churches and synagogues are being burnt and desecrated in Whitechapel and Reid suspects the same hand behind the various attacks. Meanwhile, the all-too-brief domestic happiness that Sergeant Drake has enjoyed is disrupted by the arrival of a friend from his wife Bella's past, the mysterious and charismatic scholar, Gabriel Cain.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 253 votes.

Ripper Street - S1E7

#8 - A Man of My Company (Season 1 - Episode 7)


An international shipping magnate arrives in town, with a retinue of Pinkerton Agency bodyguards, to complete the acquisition of an ailing London shipping line. Meanwhile, the murdered body of a brilliant engineer draws Reid's attention just as Jackson and Susan's forgotten past returns to claim them.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 316 votes.

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#7 - The Beating of Her Wings (Season 3 - Episode 2)

A curiosity shop is the scene of a murder, with signs of a secret dungeon and a girl held captive.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 274 votes.

Ripper Street - S5E5

#6 - A Last Good Act (Season 5 - Episode 5)


With Reid imprisoned, Jackson and the others hatch a plot to free him and uncover Dove's crimes.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 303 votes.

Ripper Street - S2E7

#5 - Our Betrayal (1) (Season 2 - Episode 7)

A valuable symbol of the British Empire’s wealth shows up in the form of an uncut diamond. It is a jewel ‘freed’ from the diamond monopoly of De Graal by one Daniel Judge, Captain Jackson’s untrustworthy older brother. Reid and Flight find themselves being drawn to the plight of a local craftsman defrauded of his work and income by a scam that is set to return H Division to the malign influence of Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 248 votes.

Ripper Street - S1E8

#4 - What Use Our Work? (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Reid is adrift, his team in pieces and Leman Street shaken to its foundations following recent events. A kidnapping offers him cause to assemble his men and tackle the white slavery ring operating in their midst. But Reid is gripped by a growing obsession that this leads back to the terrible secret from his own past.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 294 votes.

Ripper Street - S3E4

#3 - Your Father, My Friend (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake investigate the latest criminal activity.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 262 votes.

Ripper Street - S3E8

#2 - The Peace of Edmund Reid (Season 3 - Episode 8)


When an American journalist is killed in Whitechapel, his story threatens the peace.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 249 votes.

Ripper Street - S2E8

#1 - Our Betrayal (2) (Season 2 - Episode 8)

Death and violence comes to Whitechapel once again. Some decayed and murdered bodies are discovered in a slum tenement, and the advanced stages of the police divisional boxing championship reveals the vengeful ferocity to be seen within the ranks of the police force.

The episode was rated 8.44 from 251 votes.

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