Whitechapel part 2


Whitechapel ITV1 British Crime DramaOh very dear. Alarm bells should have sounded when last week I spotted Shaun Evans’s unfeasibly small part. It’s happened a number of times in British crime dramas – a well known actor (or at least one who was previously the lead) pops up in a very minor role. Aye, aye, you say to yourself – something’s afoot. And sure enough, before the 90 minutes are up they’ve confessed to every last one of the serial murders. Or come to a particularly gruesome end – and instant justice. And here it was again, the suspect eliminated from police enquiries early on, Sly Driscoll, lived up to his name – he was the man with the limp. Note to casting directors: Make sure the WHOLE cast is star-studded or all the suspects are played by unknown actors. Crime fans are a shrewd bunch – don’t get lazy with us. It spoils the fun of detection.

Unfortunately what the writers did get a bit lax with the conclusion to the two-part Whitechapel arc. It felt as if they’d spent all their money and only had one weekend to come up with a script. Cliches? You couldn’t go two minutes without another one cropping up – whether in the dialogue, the plot or characterisation. It got so bad, I started looking forward to the Magnum Mini ads. What a great example of fine cinematography that is – the lighting, the mise en scene – and ultimately, the chocolate covered ice cream. On a stick! Didn’t find much of that in Whitechapel.

Still worth watching the opening credits though…


About Eva Hudson
Eva Hudson is an author who specialises in writing crime thrillers featuring strong female leads. Eva was born and raised in south London and now splits her time between the Sussex countryside and central London. She’s been a government officer, singer, dotcom entrepreneur, portrait artist, web designer and project manager. In 2011 she won the inaugural Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for her first novel, political thriller, The Loyal Servant.

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