Jack The Ripper - The Definitive Story

Series 1 - Episode 2

Jack The Ripper - The Definitive Story

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Second instalment of a two-part docudrama which examines the witness statements of the Ripper case to intricately recreate the famous police investigation as it unfolded. Using state-of-the-art CGI and actor recreations, it plunges the viewer into the heart of Victorian Whitechapel and challenges them to investigate the slayings for themselves.

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  • Craig Revell-Borewood

    over 1 year ago

    Craig Revell-Borewood

    Not definitive just cheap titilation for the masses on a beer budget.

  • angi

    over 1 year ago

    angi

    all the videos stop half way through there is something wrong with your player

  • June

    2 years ago

    June

    WHY WON'T PART 2 PLAY, BUT THE ADVERTS WILL ? AND WHY WON'T IT LET ME REPORT THE PROBLEM?

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  • Trevor Mcinsley

    2 years ago

    Trevor Mcinsley

    Actually I meant 'level' but your point stands. Personally I prefer the American 'program' and if we are going to debate the US vs UK usage of grammar and spelling then I would point out that in the latter the full stop should fall outside the quotation, since it is not speech in this case. Supposedly there is some kind of push to adopt the US usage which is inverse but I feel that makes things messy. It is regrettable that the advent of American into English has caused such issues of confusion and conflict.

  • Stuart

    2 years ago

    Stuart

    @Trevor I trust you mean "are" comparable as opposed to "is". Oh and in the UK we have "programmes." Yes, the computer age certainly highlights the lack of literacy in modern society. Great subject matter, poorly executed.

  • Trevor Mcinsley

    2 years ago

    Trevor Mcinsley

    It amuses me that the levels of illiteracy present in some of the above comments is comparable to those possessed by the population of lower class Victorian London portrayed in this program.

  • emily

    2 years ago

    emily

    this is the greatist thing ever , thid has got mr really interested in history now

  • eve how

    2 years ago

    eve how

    was enjoying ythe program until the last 20mins .It wouldnt play although the adverts were fine . How do channel 5manage that !

  • Mark Sparks

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Sparks

    I enjoyed this overview. I have watched and read everything I could find on the Ripper, and I have to ask...is George Hutchinson not a good suspect? A local who knew the area, and the prostitutes, who did not seemingly look out of place loitering near Miller's Court in the early hours, and who followed Mary Kelly, giving a very detailed account of the man who accompanied her...

  • Xiquinho

    over 2 years ago

    Xiquinho

    Very interesting documentary. Thank you. In my opinion, the outcome of this investigation is wrong, but it is funny because the documentary actually gives the name of whom I believe the real Jack the ripper is, without realising it. The killer is Sir Melville Macnaghten, who became "the boss" of Scotland Yard, right after the last murder (Mary Jane Kelly). The next day of the murder, Warren resigned. This was Macnaghten's objective in performing the murders, the 2 men had history. What happened in Macnaghten's life before and after 1888 is very interesting, and revealing...

  • Jeff Leahy

    over 2 years ago

    Jeff Leahy

    Hi Jennifer, Definitive Story was the story of the police investigation at the time and what the witnesses actually saw...It was never intended as a program about suspects. Three is after all many programs on this subject...137 suspects? We simply deal with the suspects concidered at the time by those involved..yours Jeff

  • Jeff Leahy

    over 2 years ago

    Jeff Leahy

    Hello everyone, just some quick responces. The bond report turned up fairly recently and there is NO evidence Mary Jane Kelly was pregnant. The Maybrick Diary is a forgery. Actually there is alot of new material still to com to the fore. We did everything possible to make the actors look like (age range) as those we hoped to depict (sorry if you didnt think dirty enough). We did film an interveiw at length withh Bill Beadle about the suspect 'Bury' but there was simply not enough time to fit everything into 90 minutes.....The models created are nothing like any computer game..they were built and created exactly from the original maps and plans of the building construction. yours Jeff

  • BTG

    over 2 years ago

    BTG

    why are some of you so interested in moaning about the graphics of the prog as they are not that relevant to what the prog is about,but actually watching the prog inorder to try to determine the facts from fiction or assumption and then along with any thing else you may have read or seen, drawn your own conclusion as to the possible suspect

  • LMS

    over 2 years ago

    LMS

    Is it me or do the CGI images look incredibly similar to those from the Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper game for the xbox 360? The program seems to go along those lines as well...

  • Jennifer

    over 2 years ago

    Jennifer

    I'm sure there were more suspects. Why didn't they mention the royal suspect? The 1st episode was just telling us about it, disapointed not more about the suspects etc

  • Chris

    over 2 years ago

    Chris

    I believe part of the interest in the ripper case is that it hasn’t and can’t now be solved; it’s become one of life’s mysteries like the Loch Ness Monster and UFO’s. I’ve read the books and seen documentaries done over many years, and whilst this documentary didn’t produce anything new it did show events in a new light and helped interested viewers grasp the “lay of the land” so to speak. Well-done Channel 5

  • thomsk

    over 2 years ago

    thomsk

    why do they have to show the adverts...ruined a great programme.

  • Ali

    over 2 years ago

    Ali

    i think it had something to do with the royal family

  • Peter

    over 2 years ago

    Peter

    I would have liked to see more about James Maybrick, yet he wasn't featured as a suspect?...However, I won't complain about the scenery or level of performance, it is only a docudrama not a feature!

  • Juliet Anyaegbunam

    almost 3 years ago

    Juliet Anyaegbunam

    They could say gay men do not usually murder women, but not say they would never murder women. A possibility should be allowed.

  • Geoff

    almost 3 years ago

    Geoff

    I thought the cgi mix and acting perfectly adequate, and the programme factually accurate. Just how much money do those moaning expect the production company to spend on a documentary? It's not a Hollywood blockbuster!

  • S G

    almost 3 years ago

    S G

    Very poor reconstruction of the streets, where is the filth, dirt and rats that would have filled the streets. The dirty clothing that the so called 'actors' would have worn. I am doing my family tree and have family who lived in Flower and Dean St at the time. It was the filthiest street in London. This documewntary does a VERY poor job of giving a true 'visual' authenticity. Shameful and embarrasing. oh and for the record cloth caps were not being worn at this time! Nothing worse that getting history wrong. Just plain lazy!! Ive seen better in am am dram society of untrained actors.

  • Chris

    3 years ago

    Chris

    Shame about the graphics- lets the whole program down. They look like they have been "lifted" straight from the HDO adveture game for iphone. Good content however. Just a very wild boast about the State if the art Graphics.....maybe not state of the art for this decade at least.

  • Paul

    3 years ago

    Paul

    Very entertaining, but we all know there is no real evidence against any suspect ever put forward. The JTR legend lives on precisely because of that. All the 'ripperoligists' are just making money out of weak, implausible or insubstantiated theories. It will never be solved! Let it lie please!

  • the childish person

    3 years ago

    the childish person

    he was moved to a lunatic lol

  • Will

    3 years ago

    Will

    Anyone interested in this mystery should now read up on William Bury, by far the most promising suspect.

  • erictheviking1

    3 years ago

    erictheviking1

    I have just seen jackthe ripper story on national geographic. this report favours a marchant seaman who was eventually arested and exacuted in the States. check it out although five's documentary was interesting as my first serous intrest but the nat geo gets my vote

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  • BrianF

    3 years ago

    BrianF

    Great show, just baffles me how Five can produce great content like this and yet fail with junk like the Vanessa show!

  • Scarlet O'Hell

    3 years ago

    Scarlet O'Hell

    Best documentry on JTR i've seen so far and I've seen just about everyone. The indepth take on Victims background and reconstruction was very interesting-Well done Five!

  • joolsann

    3 years ago

    joolsann

    I guess no matter how many people investigate jack the ripper ,we will never know the truth.Its strange that murders had taken place at the begining of the month and the end of the month.What reason was this?

  • Dave L

    3 years ago

    Dave L

    No mention of the FM on the wall in Kelly's room. Maybrick for me....

  • sophie

    3 years ago

    sophie

    Dorset Street remained a notorious slum following the murder of Mary Jane Kelly and further murders occurred. In 1901, Mary Ann Austin was murdered with ten wounds to her abdomen at Annie Chapman's former home, Crossingham's Lodging House, at 35, Dorset Street.[15] Later, in 1909 there was a Jack-the-Ripper-like killing in No. 20, Miller's Court, the room directly above no. 13 (which had been occupied by Elizabeth Prater in 1888), when a young woman named Kitty Ronan was found with her throat cut.[16] It was believed that Ronan was a prostitute, and, as in the killing of Mary Jane Kelly, her murderer was never found. As in 1888, the landlord of Miller's Court in 1909 was still John McCarthy. The last murder in Dorset Street was the gangland killing of a Soho club manager and a former middleweight boxer called Selwyn Cooney in February 1960. Cooney was shot in the head at a drinking club on the street, staggered down the stairs into the road and there died.[17][18]

  • jennie hudson

    3 years ago

    jennie hudson

    and mary kellys door had to be kicked in after the rent collecor saw her mutilaed body through the broken glass.she had to let herself in through the window,so where was the key??????? she was also 3 months pregnant.her boyfriend had been accused of stealing and sacked in oct.she was 29shillings in arrears with the rent.her heart was missing.they said the murderer lived wihin 200 yards of dorset street.who was the 2nd guy watching out,saying lipski when long liz was murdered??

  • jennie hudson

    3 years ago

    jennie hudson

    i think francis tumbley was jtr.he was a quack doctor looking for wombs to buy ,in the area at the time,a homosexual woman hater,and dear boss is an american term.he had lived out in the states,and fled back there in nov 1888,with the cops trailin his ship

  • Jeff Leahy

    3 years ago

    Jeff Leahy

    The ten Bells wasnt Kellys main watering hole but the Ringers, which is no longer there but shown in the program.Theres no evidence the victims new each other. I am pleased however so many people enjoyed the program, alot of work and research went into getting the facts correct

  • pat

    3 years ago

    pat

    After watching the episodes again, say if was very poor acting and graphics. But interesting, they should of used some of the footage Micheal Csne's tv drama of JTR in the 80s. I think the police did finally realised who the murder was but was covered up. Because of the embarrisment of stopping his. That they did catch him but let him go. Thinking of the victorian class system the victiums were all the lowes end of the class system and not worth bothering about. That it was one of the two suspects, one had killed themself and the other was locked up in a loonatic asylam. Which is worse than a victorian prison. The reason I feel the papers went silents was because of the estabishment forcing them to be silent. I dont think the 2 first whitchaple victiums were the work fo the Ripper, one was rapped and murdered by a gang and the other was raped and then stapped to death. Not of the other 5 were raped. Infact in fock law the 5 women knew each other and drank at the 10 bell public house. 2OO yards away from Bucks Row which is now a car park, I noticed the 10 bells was not mentioned in the tv programme and the orginal corner chairs and table from the 10 bells has been removed with the notice mentioning the where the 5 woman used to sit and drink. Must be under new management that do not realise the importance of the area of JTR. All the orginal sitting fittings have been removed and the public house is more like a urban bar than a cockney pub. Shame on you.

  • sean

    3 years ago

    sean

    will "from hell" be on 5 on demand? i missed the second part

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  • bobm2011

    3 years ago

    bobm2011

    rubbish

  • Oblivion

    3 years ago

    Oblivion

    When will this be available in the states?

  • daryl

    3 years ago

    daryl

    brilliant,dont know if its true, but live on isle of wightand rumour has it that jtr brother was mayor of ryde about the time of the murders.

  • daryl

    3 years ago

    daryl

    very good programe, shame we dont know who the killer was, live on the isle of wight and apparently jtr brother was mayor of ryde?

  • David Steed

    3 years ago

    David Steed

    possibly THE best thing I've witnessed on television....I loved the production and how it mixed CGI with re-enactments, great presentation of the known facts and intriguing analysis of the suspects...I thought it was great.

  • ibellis

    3 years ago

    ibellis

    i really enjoyed it,i,ve read lots of books on the ripper and it gave more insight into more suspects,also my killer i reckon was royalty,contrafershall i really enjoyed it,but i still think the killer was royalty,after reading s ect,contravershal i know.

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  • Michael Ord

    3 years ago

    Michael Ord

    Having seen the 2nd episode, I'm not convinced that Kosminski was the killer. He didn't fit descriptions and Sir Robert Anderson offered no proof.

  • Fiona Messeter

    3 years ago

    Fiona Messeter

    I liked the program although the scenery and drama was a bit naff, however i was disapointed that at no point(in yet another JTR docu) was William Bury mentioned. Firmly believe he was J.T.R, he moved to Dundee with his wife whom he later killed and was brought to justice by hanging at bell st police station. It was the last hanging carried out there. For all the 'experts' involved in the program, not one mentioned this. Disapointed.

  • Huw Easterbrook

    3 years ago

    Huw Easterbrook

    possibly THE worst thing i have ever witnessed on tv...poor acting, DREADFUL 'special effects', awful soundtrack and why is there an echo on every single scene scenario. Channel five has ruined yet another british historical moment in time. Give up please.

  • Carla Van Doigt

    3 years ago

    Carla Van Doigt

    this is stupid - we see the SAME annimation atleast five time, going around this semi-3D map and looking into a fully annimated street, which was completelty empty. honestly, FIVE, you've got to think of better ways to express it.

  • dave mackenzie

    3 years ago

    dave mackenzie

    is this available on dvd?

  • Akira

    3 years ago

    Akira

    WHY HAVE CHANNEL 5 MOVED IT BACK TO THURSDAY THIS WEEK, MUPPETS

  • moggs

    3 years ago

    moggs

    why wont episode 2 play??

  • BrianF

    over 3 years ago

    BrianF

    I was just in the Ten Bells last night, for those interested...http://www.casebook.org/victorian_london/tenbells.html

  • martin peake

    over 3 years ago

    martin peake

    for people with no knowledge except the stereotypical view of jack the ripper this is the best fact based account of murders plus statements ever

  • Pam Booth

    over 3 years ago

    Pam Booth

    Really interesting version of events - I feel 'Murder by Decree' is the best version of events which starred Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson was played by the late |James Mason

  • dodie foster

    over 3 years ago

    dodie foster

    great the best programe re- jack the ripper great effects

  • Andrew

    over 3 years ago

    Andrew

    Paul Begg narrated

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  • Mike Ord

    over 3 years ago

    Mike Ord

    Well researched but where are comments from experts like Sugden, Fido, Begg and Skinner? I don't agree that Smith & Tabram were Ripper victims. Excellent show however.

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