ITV has commissioned six new hour long episodes of drama Whitechapel. The next series starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton will begin filming this spring for transmission in 2012.
Executive Producer, Sally Woodward Gentle says: “I am delighted we are getting the chance to tell brand new Whitechapel stories but this time as a series. The East End of London is steeped in history, secrets and gore and we now have the opportunity to take Chandler, Miles and Buchan to places darker still. If you thought the Ripper and Krays were scary, just wait.”
The new series sees the team spread their investigations beyond the boundaries of Whitechapel. Three stories each comprising two episodes will peel back the layers of some of the East End’s most gruesome history. Whitechapel viewers will be taken back over three hundred years as the present day investigations preoccupying Chandler and his team begin to echo crimes from the city’s darkest recesses. Murder in the tunnels under Whitechapel, body-snatching, poisoning and grisly discoveries are amongst the tales to be told as the East End again provides fertile ground.
Laura Mackie, Director of Drama, ITV says: “Whitechapel is a striking and distinctive crime drama that has struck a real chord with the ITV1 audience. The longer run will allow us to tell an even richer range of stories from the Whitechapel area”
The original three part serial of Whitechapel debuted on February 02, 2009 with overnight ratings reaching 8.13 million viewers.
A second serial was commissioned by ITV in September 2009 with the focus on the infamous Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. The first episode of this second series was broadcast on 11 October 2010 and achieved 7 million viewers (25% share of the audience). The ratings average for series two was 6.5 million and a 23% share. The drama is produced by Carnival Films for ITV.