Ripper Street Premieres This Week: Watch The First Three Minutes Here

Premiering on BBC America this week is Ripper Street, an 8-part miniseries set in the late 19th century, during the time when Jack the Ripper was tearing up the London streets. The series premiere on BBC One last month and makes its stateside debut this Saturday night. BBC America has released the first few minutes of the series premiere. Check it out ahead!

The story is set in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper's murders in London. As you'll see in the 3-minute introduction below, the streets of Whitechapel still aren't safe as the elusive murderer has left his fearful mark on the community, and possibly even more than that.

It's interesting to see how violence is used in these first few minutes, as the intro is split between the creepy neighborhood streets with a man talking rather enthusiastically about the murderous Jack the Ripper, and a boxing match that gets increasingly bloody and violent as people watch on and cheer. And then a body is found in the streets. Is Jack the Ripper back? By the look on the inspector's face, there's a good possibility of that.

Here's BBC America's released description and information about the cast involved n this new miniseries, which premieres Saturday, January 19.

In the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders, can anyone keep order in the blood stained London Streets? The eight-part BBC AMERICA co-production created by Richard Warlow, set in and around Victorian London, stars Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina, MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Inspector Edmund Reid (Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division, the toughest district in London’s East End. Charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel, Inspector Reid is soon drawn deep into the seedy criminal underworld of Victorian London – where fear always lurks that each new murder could mark the return of The Ripper. Ripper Street premieres Saturday, January 19, 9:00pm ET.

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