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Exploring 'Ripper Street'

Updated 9:59 PM ET, Thu January 17, 2013
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"Ripper Street" gives period drama a gritty edge by prowling the streets of London's East End in 1889, right after the Jack the Ripper murders have terrorized the city. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession
Capt. Homer Jackson, played by Adam Rothenberg, is an ex-Pinkerton detective with an interest in early forensics. "He's making it up as he goes along. Jackson is doing autopsies and handling evidence, drenched in blood and smoking cigarettes," Rothenberg said. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession
Sgt. Bennet Drake, played by Jerome Flynn, isn't above using violence to make people talk -- even his fellow policemen. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession
Long Susan Hart, played by MyAnna Buring, runs a popular brothel, but her past is mysteriously entangled with Capt. Jackson's. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession
Rose Erskine, played by Charlene McKenna, is one of the more popular ladies at Long Susan's brothel. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession
Vice is rampant in 1889 Whitechapel, and brothels are around every corner. Tiger Aspect / Jonathan Hession