• Synopsis
  • Reviews
  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Synopsis

    Series 1, episode 5: ‘The weight of one man’s heart’.

    A military style robbery is a puzzle to Detective Inspector Reid when the stolen gems are returned save for one blue sapphire. Sgt. Drake’s heart has fallen for Rose, and he hopes for a life with her, despite warnings from Reid and Jackson. She, however, has dreams of being an actress. Drake is confronted with his past when his former commanding officer during the Mahdist War, Colonel Madoc Faulkner (Iain Glen) returns to London to seek compensation for the ‘unjust’ treatment of the British army’s soldiers by planning an audacious robbery of the Royal Mint, requiring Drake’s help to gain entry. Reid closes in on the robbers and Drake finds his loyalties put to the test.

  • Reviews

    The script is real, alive and human. It’s beautifully performed, and beautiful to look at – stylish, and stylized.

    The Guardian

    A ripping yarn in every sense….far removed from a staid, safe period drama. We welcome a show that’s as gruesome as an abattoir yet also, remorselessly entertaining.

    The Mail on Sunday

    Hideously watchable.

    The Observer

    The show’s impressive list of high-calibre guest stars grows longer still this week, with the fantastic Iain Glen arriving in Whitechapel as Colonel Madoc Faulkner – Drake’s old brother-in-arms. His arrival means the episode delves still deeper into the past and dark heart of Jerome Flynn’s tough-as-nails copper.

    The invariably strong screen presence of this week’s guest actor Iain Glen is again apparent in the fifth episode of the police drama set in Victorian London’s squalid East End.

    Sunday Times

  • Awards

    • 5 Bafta Award Nominations including Best Drama Series
  • Credits

    Mathew Macfadyen
    Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
    Jerome Flynn
    Det. Sgt. Bennet Drake
    Adam Rothenberg
    Captain Hormer Jackson
    David Wilmot
    Jonathon Barnwell
    Charlene McKenna
    Rose Erskine
    Iain Glen
    Colonel Madoc Faulkner
    David Dawson
    Fred Best
    Clive Russell
    Chief Insp. Fred Abberline
    Colm McCarthy
    Toby Finlay
    Greg Brenman
    Stephen Smallwood
    Peter Robertson