The BEST episodes of Red Riding

Every episode of Red Riding ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Red Riding!

This crime trilogy follows Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), a journalist for the Yorkshire press, who is assigned to the case of a missing girl, along with the Yorkshire police department, Eddie finds himself involved in what seems to be a spate of brutal murders in a series of similar investigations in 1974, 1980 and 1983, spanning the eras of the IRA bombings, the Yorkshire Ripper, Thatcher's reign and the Falklands war. Also starring Sean Bean (John Dawson), Mark Addy (John Piggott) and David Morrissey (Maurice Jobson).

Last Updated: 11/18/2023Network: Channel 4Status: Ended
In the Year of Our Lord 1974
225 votes

#1 - In the Year of Our Lord 1974

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/5/2009

Eddie Dunford and Barry Gannon, crime reporters for the Yorkshire Post are sent to a press conference where they find a Mrs Kemplay pleading for someone to help find her missing daughter, Claire. Finding out that there have been two previous missing girls in the past few years, Eddie decides to help, unaware of the violence, corruption and blackmail that awaits him.

Directors: Julian Jarrold
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In the Year of Our Lord 1983
86 votes

#2 - In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/19/2009

The action moves to 1983 for the conclusion of the drama trilogy. A schoolgirl's disappearance bears striking similarities to the abduction and murder of Clare Kemplay in 1974, forcing Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson to realise he may have helped convict the wrong man. Meanwhile, solicitor John Piggott is persuaded by the imprisoned man's mother to fight this miscarriage of justice - and soon unearths a trail of cover-ups.

Directors: Anand Tucker
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In the Year of Our Lord 1980
90 votes

#3 - In the Year of Our Lord 1980

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/12/2009

After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the Police when they discover they not only have The Ripper to catch, but a copycat killer is also at large. Assistant Chief Constable of the Manchester Police, Peter Hunter, is called in to oversee the West Yorkshire Police's Ripper investigation, with the help of John Nolan and Helen Marshall, both detectives from the Manchester Police, they decide to go back and look at the crime reports from the Rippers victims to see what they could have missed.

Directors: James Marsh
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