DVD: Whitechapel (15)

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Like the East End's hipster invasion, there's unwelcome young blood on the Whitechapel beat.

Fast-tracked DI Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), a toff with a taste for green tea, upsets the local peas-and-pie bobbies with his new ways. But a more sinister collision of old and new – a string of uncanny murders, gory and gruesome – unites the reluctant team. Could Jack the Ripper be back? Surely it's too obvious! But no; jam-packed with clichés, this three-parter leaves no old chestnut unturned. Ultimately striking a dissonant note between drama and ham, the result is surprisingly jolly if not taken seriously – and with The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton playing a ridiculous "Ripperologist", perhaps it's not meant to be.

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