BBC and PBS are quickly becoming my favorite channels on television. While PBS offers a great range of children’s educational programing, BBC [America] targets my need of more complex plot lines and mature themes.
BBC brings the hubs and me Dr. Who. It delivers my gear-head hubby and stepdad Top Gear. And it gives the procedural crime show-loving members of my family a great series in the new period drama, Ripper Street.
Ripper Street is set several months after Jack the Ripper stopped his killings. It follows the further cases of the Edmund Reid, one of the actual investigators of the Ripper killings (played by Matthew Macfadyen of Pride & Prejudice). The series is dark and very NC17. With explicit images and sexual content, it’s very much aimed for an adult audience. Additionally, if you’re a fan of the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holms movies, you will enjoy this series. It’s very reminiscent of those movies with the cinematography.
A lot of the themes and “characters” are based partly, if not in whole, on actual people and events of the 19th century. While critics have called out the timeline of some of the events and even the language used in the series, it’s still very interesting.
I watched the first season with my mom (who is a big fan of procedurals like Law & Order, CSI, and NCIS) in just a weekend. We enjoyed it very much.
We are anxiously awaiting the second season, due out some time next year (sadly).