Jack The Ripper - The Definitive Story

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Jack The Ripper - The Definitive Story

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Using state-of-the-art CGI and actor recreations, the documentary plunges the viewer into the heart of Victorian Whitechapel and challenges them to investigate the slayings for themselves.

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  • SpectaAberline

    over 1 year ago

    SpectaAberline

    This is good. Helped with my JTR Exam, well done channeeeelllll 5 c:

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  • Gee

    over 1 year ago

    Gee

    I've not seen this before today, and I really liked it. It didn't try glorify anything about the murders and cleared up some taboo for me also....Thank you kindly Channel5 :)

  • Nayth

    almost 2 years ago

    Nayth

    When of the best documentaries on the Jack the Ripper Murders. I love learning about it, people its abit "weird". I honestly dont think its weird....well it is...but its historically weird. I learn something new every single time I watch a documentary of JTR. I take my hat off to the guy/girl who put so much research into reconstructing the scenes and buildings!!!

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  • Ray

    2 years ago

    Ray

    How on earth did they get their whites so clean??

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  • Salvatore Coppenger

    over 2 years ago

    Salvatore Coppenger

    Many thanks for this review and for your resource on the whole. I’ve just liked it.

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  • Kieran

    over 2 years ago

    Kieran

    I think its wonderful that channel 5 are creating shows like this but the 'state of the art' cgi is pretty poor in places. I'm pretty sure I saw a shot that looked like a playblast with a locator in it, wasn't even rendered! Keep it up channel 5 but maybe get some better artists for the CG next time...

  • Jeff Leahy

    over 2 years ago

    Jeff Leahy

    Many thanks for everyones kind comments. I think the title 'Definitive' referred to the 'Story' as it actually happened and what the police considered at the time, as apposed to modern theories and suspects. But I hope everyone enjoys the final episode tonight.

  • Ali

    over 2 years ago

    Ali

    This is no way as good as the documentaries you find on YouTube I'll give you a title watch jack the ripper video tour part 1 to 6 its a lot better than this. trust me.I've seen at least 3 different ones but that's the only one that comes to mind.It'll send chills down your spine.

  • Tracy

    over 2 years ago

    Tracy

    Is this a repeat? It seems very familiar.

  • Charlie

    over 2 years ago

    Charlie

    A really good episode. I think the best part was the bit at trafalgar square. But The adverts are boring and it stopped in lots of places.

  • rbenson

    over 2 years ago

    rbenson

    An interesting episode. I know its been said but the CGI and acting was absolutely hilarious. The part in Trafalgar Square was a real highlight where it seems a lady was knocked out by nothing but air. And the many times the background moved independently from the actor who looked 'stuck on'. None-the-less interesting content.

  • mr i player

    over 2 years ago

    mr i player

    worked fine for me, the only problem was the same adverts being repeated & repeated.

  • dave

    over 2 years ago

    dave

    complete useless. again another program hat does not work

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  • Drassannisp

    over 2 years ago

    Drassannisp

    Hello ALL! My name is Vitaliy Kokosko!!!

  • Nettie

    almost 3 years ago

    Nettie

    Yes, considering it is meant to be really good CGI, why then are the actors stuck in when you can clearly see this. Overall not bad but I have seen better.

  • terry

    almost 3 years ago

    terry

    when is it going to show in america?

  • Geoff

    almost 3 years ago

    Geoff

    Painfully slow. Buffers all the time or doesn't play at all

  • Malcwm

    almost 3 years ago

    Malcwm

    He was a killer for one of the Whitechapel gangs. Warning freelancers who were refusing to be controlled. He went to far and the gang bosses, powerful men, got worried about the police/press attention had him moved to the Thames.

  • carrieloveharry

    3 years ago

    carrieloveharry

    why wont it play???!!! :(

  • louise v

    3 years ago

    louise v

    oh and how do do you skip through a video to certain points on demand 5..do u really have to watch a show from the start..5 needs to sort this i think

  • louise v

    3 years ago

    louise v

    brilliant show about a fascibating story!!..the book 'the diary of jack the ripper' is a must read..i believe the ripper's in it!!

  • Jenny Phillips Jack the Ripper Guide

    3 years ago

    Jenny Phillips Jack the Ripper Guide

    Watched it over the inetrnet. It flickered very badly in places. Although the CGI was reasonable it could have been much better a slightly bigger budget would have improved it I guess. Someone at Five should really edit out the ad's before it is release on the internet. A good try by all involved at this point. Want to see the following episode to really make up my mind.

  • Courtney

    3 years ago

    Courtney

    I actually love Jack the Ripper I think he was guinus

  • Annie

    3 years ago

    Annie

    Really enjoyed this. I liked the fact that CGI was used to show us what the locations looked like in those days. It's never going to be exact, but it's a good attempt - I've been to most of the sites and they're largely swallowed up by urbanisation. But this was entertaining and a great film. A lot better than some of the clunkers I've seen. Like an American one where all the actors sounded like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins... If I've got one complaint, it would've been nice to see a broader range of experts on the subject - you had Donald Rumblelow, but it would be nice to have seen Robin Odell, or Martin Fido - though I think I saw him in the credits as a researcher.

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  • aaron dwe

    3 years ago

    aaron dwe

    brill, good acting , verry intresting !!

  • Eve

    3 years ago

    Eve

    Totally fantastic. I had always thought that by being able to get into the victorian world of Jack the Ripper using modern techniques would finally help solve the case anmd dispel a lot of myths.

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  • Elizabeth

    3 years ago

    Elizabeth

    Loved the CGI of the streets of Whitechapel - so realistic. Much of the old East End has gone now so they added greatly to the atmosphere of the time. Can we have more of the same type of factual programmes please? Had only one short interference which I F/F past.

  • Phil Martin

    3 years ago

    Phil Martin

    How pathetic ch.5 I could not find any mention of Walter Sickert. Whilst there can never be a 'definitive view' of this case, I would tend towards the views of Patricia Cornwell, you line towers!

  • Sean D.

    3 years ago

    Sean D.

    This should be retitled: Jack the Ripper - How Not To Do a Documentry. The script, 'acting' and CGI were bland and uninteresting. In one scene the dead and disemboweled victim 'blinks'! In another a suspect walks down the street with the traditional black doctors, or 'Gladstone' bag. But it is obviously a moden briefcase and brown! This is nothing but a retelling - badly - of a well documented case. It offers nothing new, treads old ground and insults the memories of the victims of the Ripper.

  • Sean D.

    3 years ago

    Sean D.

    This should be retitled: Jack the Ripper - How Not To Do a Documentry. The script, 'acting' and CGI were bland and uninteresting. In one scene the dead and disemboweled victim 'blinks'! In another a suspect walks down the street with the traditional black doctors, or 'Gladstone' bag. But it is obviously a moden briefcase and brown! This is nothing but a retelling - badly - of a well documented case. It offers nothing new, treads old ground and insults the memories of the victims of the Ripper.

  • West London

    3 years ago

    West London

    Good acting from PC Neal 55H who is he? I'm sure I've seen him in other tv parts/films. Lets have his name up at end this week. The uniform he wore was spot on everything was in place the best uniform of the lot. Please lets see more of him. Can he speak?

  • gary w

    3 years ago

    gary w

    if anybody has read the book "the diary of jack the ripper" then i believe you will find a true suspect and the real killer.

  • paul dooley

    3 years ago

    paul dooley

    cant wait till thursday for next part

  • Neil

    over 3 years ago

    Neil

    Really interesting. l know that there have been doc's on this before, but with this computor gen it makes it more realistic and interesting to watch. cant wait for prt 2 on the 20th and their conclusion to who is the ripper!

  • Lee

    over 3 years ago

    Lee

    No matter what any one says on here, this is a great attempt and very entertaining, the voice over is nice to listen to. Let’s see if the researchers name William Gull, or George Chapman the 2 main suspects. Or if the producers have allowed ALL the other details related to this case…….. Fascinating…… Films 2001 From Hell Johnny deep / 1988 Michael Cain, both VERY good films

  • BrianF

    over 3 years ago

    BrianF

    Jan 20th 21:00pm

  • Mary

    over 3 years ago

    Mary

    Missed the 2nd episode, after watching the first. When will it be available on Demand 5? I keep checking every day and it just keeps saying it's not available. Grrr.

  • jennie hudson

    over 3 years ago

    jennie hudson

    purley poll looks like a drag queen from a panto.thats a bloke isnt it? lol.

  • Mike Cleary

    over 3 years ago

    Mike Cleary

    Just received e-mail from customer services saying they are too busy and I should search oout FAQ's on their website. Customer Service...I think not

  • Mike Cleary

    over 3 years ago

    Mike Cleary

    Having had to watch the ad series 4 times...I give up. Great TV programme but poor website technology. Time someone checked what they send out on their own computer at home!

  • clare

    over 3 years ago

    clare

    isn't it about time ch 5 got there act together with this demand five, the problems with streaming are endless, enjoyed the prog but wouldn't want to use the website again to watch anything.

  • Louise

    over 3 years ago

    Louise

    Is Episode 1 going to be repeated I missed it!!!

  • steve george

    over 3 years ago

    steve george

    great program, acting was good too especialy p.c. Neal 55 H. who was he and why wasnt his name in the credits good directing/producting by jeff leahy and research by paul begg cant wait for episode 2.

  • kerry croberts

    over 3 years ago

    kerry croberts

    Love it my great great grandfather lived in whitechapel about the same time

  • Davey

    over 3 years ago

    Davey

    Terrific stuff on the subject. After all these years. The Interest of Jack never seems to diminish. Or Is It the time the conditions that make him still chill the bones on a dark night In the east end

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  • darlio13

    over 3 years ago

    darlio13

    There was a guy called Jack London who wrote about strangely LONDON around 1888 and his writing paints a very different picture. You could literally buy a child for pennies. Murders occured every single day. How Jack the Ripper became so infamous is astounding at a time when there where also female toso's being found in the street and one even in the cellar of Scotland Yard is quite amazing. Also if you think about it the Ripper could have still been alive til the mid 60's - ok he would have been 95 but so is my next door neighbour!

  • Darlio13

    over 3 years ago

    Darlio13

    Andy - depends if you want fact based, or the general idea of who the suspects where or down to the almost absurd but still interesting. If you keep an open mind there are strings of believable info in all of the books and all can be compelling. Check back tomorrow and I will put a couple of recommended on.

  • Bob

    over 3 years ago

    Bob

    very interesting concept of matter, fairly factual, but rather fluctuated in the level consistency, when talking in terms of direcrtions and how they cast a vision of victorianesque britain. VERY well replicated old gadget-methigs. All in all an adequate take on the mysterious events that beheld the east end.

  • AP

    over 3 years ago

    AP

    Andy, get 'The mammoth book of Jack the Ripper' it's a great place to start your research.

  • Debra

    over 3 years ago

    Debra

    It was interesting and a very good film. If I was to add any constructive critiscm it would be that the script was just going through a list of facts handed over by a researcher it didn't use much craft in the writing department. Some of the acting was good and some was not so it seemed to be a mix of abilities. Yes, some lighting seemed to be out in the CGi scenes and the continuity wasn't great was a script supervisor/ continuity used at all?

  • stephofhearts

    over 3 years ago

    stephofhearts

    it's on the 20th Jan- episode 2 that is

  • Andy

    over 3 years ago

    Andy

    Hi Darlio13, can you recommend any top books on the subject?

  • Darlio13

    over 3 years ago

    Darlio13

    Come on guys - give it a break - I have read 32 books on this and they are presenting all the facts - ok its a bit amateur - and as a tiny bit of an expert there is nothing new - but if you liked this series then get the books - they are fascinating!!!

  • Andy

    over 3 years ago

    Andy

    I think everyone should stop moaning about the CGI and just see the programme for its content. It was brilliantly done and after a while I actually liked the effects!! stop moaning!!!

  • Richard Hall

    over 3 years ago

    Richard Hall

    I have to say this series should be used as a "how not to light, act, use CGI, chroma key and direct" to film and tv students around the world. Shame because the subject matter and concept is so good. Production value 1/10 sorry 5 but please please, if you can't afford it, don't do it!

  • Matthew Crowther

    over 3 years ago

    Matthew Crowther

    Will episode 1 be repeated, i missed it?

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  • Mickey the Bear

    over 3 years ago

    Mickey the Bear

    Moderate documentary, presumably very low budget, did one of the victims really blink after being killed? Cleanest white clothes ever seen in Whitchapel in 1888 !! but nice try.

  • Richard C Evans

    over 3 years ago

    Richard C Evans

    A huge step forward. Thanks to the "state of the art" CGI, Mr Benn can now be added to the list of suspects. And "The Definitive Story"? The standard definition of "definitive" is final. Does this mean this will be the last contribution Ch5 will be making to the Ripper industry? Somehow I doubt that. and fairplay, has to be a strain for Donald Rumbelow to have talk about this for the umpteenth time like the same old story has never once passed his lips. Should consider CGI-ing his head so he can email it in next time.

  • Paul

    over 3 years ago

    Paul

    I didn't think you could get GFX like that these days, was it made in the last 10 years? Actors faces were keyed into, the actors were regularly 'floating' and parts of the set moved independently. Love the VO artist Michael Buerk, but i did keep expecting Louis Spence to pop out of one of the dodgy CGi windows. The set sound sounded like it was taken from the directors iphone. Sorry for the rough words as i know how hard it is to make but i think you've dropped the ball on this one.

  • John

    over 3 years ago

    John

    The doublw event was on the 30th Sept not the 20th. The Dorset Street public house was the Britannia not Ringers as shown. Ringers was its nickname after the landlady's name. Good programme otherwise. Enjoyed it.

  • Leonie

    over 3 years ago

    Leonie

    Brilliant! I am now fascinated by the subject! Very well done to all cast and crew. Can't wait to see the next episode!

  • DarkRaven1974

    over 3 years ago

    DarkRaven1974

    A Ghost programme with Medium Derek Acorah said there were 2 men involved in the murders - 1 man did one and the other did the rest. Handwriting expert said he was "Very confident, cold, skilled, calulating, didn't care about consequenses and absolutely evil." (Jack the Ripper: Revealed) The ghost of one his victims still haunts the area where she was murdered.

  • AP

    over 3 years ago

    AP

    As a Criminologist, and an avid researcher of JTR, I thought that this programme showed a fantastic new light on a case, which until now, has forced one to mentally reconstruct the scenes of these crimes, potentially very inaccurately. Well done, even if it was a little low budget!

  • Ormsby J

    over 3 years ago

    Ormsby J

    altho the cgi is a bit bad the overall docu is quite good, especially watching myself on tv

  • melissa pardoe

    over 3 years ago

    melissa pardoe

    Great show very well done and very interesting to see the facts shown like that. Cant wait to see the next part. Well done to all involved in the making of it. The directors, actors and extras etc x

  • Dave

    over 3 years ago

    Dave

    Video streamed somewhat well, but on numerous occasions the video stopped and wouldn't play again untill i had pressed the "play/pause" button twice (1 to pause the video, the second press to start playing it again) Very interesting programme, can't wait too see the remaining episodes.

  • Lisa

    over 3 years ago

    Lisa

    Can't wait until the 2nd part well done Justin, AMAZING

  • gaynor

    over 3 years ago

    gaynor

    enjoyed programme only it took ages to watch on computer.

  • stepheneastwood

    over 3 years ago

    stepheneastwood

    dont want to appear rude but for all those people wanting to know when the next episode is, have you tried going to the top of the page and try scrolling down. I found the answer just above these comments

  • iris adams

    over 3 years ago

    iris adams

    Really Enjoyed it cant wait for next episode ,well done to all involved.

  • Frank

    over 3 years ago

    Frank

    that was fantastic! but who dunnit? I can't wait until the next episode.

  • Rob

    over 3 years ago

    Rob

    Very interesting to see the CGI represetations of the victorian crime scenes but why do we have to wait a whole week for episode 2 just as we are getting into it? and the "actors" in the reconstructions overact so much they literally "murder" the script.

  • Grace Webb

    over 3 years ago

    Grace Webb

    agreed, the extras were PARTICULARLY wonderful! well done all involved! as for next episode, if you have Sky put it on series link on record, at least then you wont miss it!

  • kim

    over 3 years ago

    kim

    i thought it was really good and the actors/extras were brilliant. well done.

  • steve

    over 3 years ago

    steve

    its not anyones computer running slow its FIVE website i tried it on 2 diffrent computers

  • susie

    over 3 years ago

    susie

    shame my cumputer was running slow but better than missing it can't get 5 on my TV they should have told us when the next one is showing.

  • biotch

    over 3 years ago

    biotch

    what fantastically clean clothes the victorians wore !

  • Mark

    over 3 years ago

    Mark

    'State of the art CGI'? This is so low budget it should be on Fiver, because that's how much it cost to make.

  • Lu

    over 3 years ago

    Lu

    ep 2 is jan 20th i thnk

  • David Webb

    over 3 years ago

    David Webb

    Yes - when on earth is episode 2 on - I've scrolled through the guide on my TV and can't find it anywhere!

  • Andy

    over 3 years ago

    Andy

    When's episode 2?

  • Trina

    over 3 years ago

    Trina

    can not wait for this docu im doing research on this mystery myselof atm this should be interesting to watch and learn a bit more about the case. Roll on 20.00

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