The Best Episodes of Ripper Street

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

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.

Our Betrayal (2)

#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.

star 8.45
242 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
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The Peace of Edmund Reid

#2 - The Peace of Edmund Reid

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 8.29
238 votes
Directors: Saul Metzstein
Writers: Richard Warlow
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Our Betrayal (1)

#3 - 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.

star 8.23
240 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
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What Use Our Work?

#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.

star 8.22
289 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Richard Warlow
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Your Father, My Friend

#5 - Your Father, My Friend

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 8.22
251 votes
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The Beating of Her Wings

#6 - 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.

star 8.18
261 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Toby Finlay
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A Last Good Act

#7 - A Last Good Act

Season 5 - Episode 5

star 8.16
285 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers:
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A Man of My Company

#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.

star 8.13
312 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Toby Finlay
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A Stronger Loving World

#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.

star 8.11
242 votes
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Edmund Reid Did This

#10 - 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.

star 8.00
292 votes
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Dynamite and a Woman

#11 - 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.

star 8.00
261 votes
Writers: Jamie Crichton
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The Dreaming Dead

#12 - The Dreaming Dead

Season 5 - Episode 4

star 7.99
294 votes
Directors: Nick Rowland
Writers:
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Live Free, Live True

#13 - Live Free, Live True

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.95
223 votes
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Whitechapel Terminus

#14 - Whitechapel Terminus

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 7.92
301 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
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Pure as the Driven

#15 - 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.

star 7.91
308 votes
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The Incontrovertible Truth

#16 - The Incontrovertible Truth

Season 3 - Episode 6

The recovering Reid finds the unconscious Lady Vera Montacute in Whitechapel next to the corpse of a flower seller.

star 7.91
222 votes
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The Good of This City

#17 - The Good of This City

Season 1 - Episode 4

The brutal clearing of a local slum for the underground railway reveals an almost indecipherable murder scene and an unreliable slum girl witness. Lucy Eames, beautiful and disturbed, is the unlikely key to a Byzantine web of conspiracy.

star 7.90
352 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Julie Rutterford
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Some Conscience Lost

#18 - Some Conscience Lost

Season 4 - Episode 2

Reid struggles to adapt on his first day back at H Division under Drake’s command.

star 7.89
305 votes
Directors: Luke Watson
Writers: Rachel Bennette
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Am I Not Monstrous?

#19 - Am I Not Monstrous?

Season 2 - Episode 2

A young woman is found murdered at the London Hospital and the only clue to her identity is an unusual deformity. The hunt for her killer takes Reid and the team into the shadowy netherworld of the freakshows, where they must seek the help of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. Reinforcements for H-Division arrive in the form of DC Albert Flight.

star 7.89
288 votes
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Threads of Silk and Gold

#20 - Threads of Silk and Gold

Season 2 - Episode 5

Investigations into the brutal slaying of a telegraph boy lift the lid on a vice racket run from the offices of the GPO. The case leads Reid to the heart of the one of the city's most august financial institutions. Captain Jackson seeks ever more perilous means of ridding he and Long Susan of the suffocating debt they owe Silas Duggan.

star 7.87
252 votes
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The Stranger's Home

#21 - The Stranger's Home

Season 4 - Episode 1

Reid must return to Whitechapel to covertly re-investigate a case made by Drake and Jackson.

star 7.87
330 votes
Directors: Kieron Hawkes
Writers: Richard Warlow
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Ashes and Diamonds

#22 - Ashes and Diamonds

Season 3 - Episode 3

Alex le Shayne, a mysterious clairvoyant is found dead at the local performance place. Jackson presumes poison has a part to play. As Reid is missing Drake steps in to investigate. Elsewhere Susan continues to care for Mathilda and plans to send her to Switzerland.

star 7.87
266 votes
Directors: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Toby Finlay
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Become Man

#23 - Become Man

Season 2 - Episode 3

The abduction of a prominent member of the London County Council introduces Reid to Councilor Jane Cobden, the first woman appointed to the LCC - because it appears the kidnappers are radical supporters of Cobden's aims. Long Susan is taken by force to the gang's hideout, and she soon finds herself growing sympathetic to her captors' lives and aims.

star 7.86
274 votes
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I Need Light

#24 - I Need Light

Season 1 - Episode 1

A young woman is found brutally murdered, the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One-time H Division boss Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline believes that Jack has returned, but Reid - the precinct's new master - suspects a different evil at work.

star 7.83
629 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Richard Warlow
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All the Glittering Blades

#25 - All the Glittering Blades

Season 5 - Episode 3

star 7.82
274 votes
Directors: Nick Rowland
Writers:
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