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Fantasy => TV and Film => Topic started by: Peter Coleborn on February 16, 2009, 01:01:27 pm

Title: Whitechapel
Post by: Peter Coleborn on February 16, 2009, 01:01:27 pm
Despite my observations (elsewhere) on British TV, I have to admit to enjoying this mini-series. The last episode is on ITV tonight -- and that's another amazing thing: ITV producing something that is dark and not wholesome family entertainment. No prizes for guessing the topic of the series; well, the title is a dead giveaway. I hope episode three doesn't disappoint.
Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on February 17, 2009, 09:06:29 am
I recorded the final episode, but I haven't had chance to watch it yet. I enjoyed the first two parts, so I too hope the conclusion doesn't disappoint. The characters have all been well thought out, and it's been an 'entertaining' show.
Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: Mark_Yon on February 17, 2009, 10:06:35 am
Yes: one of the few I've enjoyed lately, though the ending was a little 'hyperactive'. (Don't want to spoil it for Shaun, who hasn't seen it yet. :)  )

But after the risable Demons and Merlin and not-bad-but-still-not-good Survivors and Apparitions ... well, most of them lately, I was beginning to think it was just me.

And it is a surprise that it's ITV rather than the BBC.

I understand that it's out on DVD today, for those who missed it.

Mark

Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: Stephen Volk on February 17, 2009, 11:31:43 am
in the last episode why was the last victim, in modern times, given the name "Frances Coles", one of the much-disputed victims of the original Jack? Surely it could only be an in-joke for Ripperologists: but a pointless one.
Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: Mark_Yon on February 18, 2009, 11:06:42 am
I understand there was a lot of in-jokes for Ripperologists, Stephen, but I'm not an expert. They do seem to have tried to add levels of complexity, whether needed or not. I understand they were quite keen to film on location, in the 'real places', for example, but I read somewhere (Radio Times, i think!) they were refused permission for at least one.

I would've thought such references are fun though (if you can call such a serial killing fun!). If you know about it, you'll get it. But you don't have to be an expert to enjoy the programme.

For what it's worth, I thought it was pretty good, or perhaps my standards are slipping....   ;)

 
Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: ChrisT on February 18, 2009, 03:45:32 pm
It looked good, but working nights I only caught bits and pieces whilst I was getting ready... quite gruesome too.

For it's faults, it surely can't be has bad as Patricia Cornwell's so-called proof...
Title: Re: Whitechapel
Post by: David A. Riley on February 18, 2009, 04:12:25 pm
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Surely it could only be an in-joke for Ripperologists: but a pointless one.

In-jokes are never pointless if you're in on them.

I'm impressed that the writer felt the inclination. I was, of course, impressed by the drama too.

David

PS I didn't notice this particular in-joke, though, not being a Ripperologist.