ITV Returns to Whitechapel

Filming on the second series of popular ITV drama Whitechapel has begun, ITV announced. The series, produced by Carnival Films for the network, stars Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton.


In the latest series new actors will be joining the regulars these include Peter Serafinowicz who plays DCI Cazenove and Craig Parkinson – playing twins, Jimmy and Johnny Kray.  ITV say that Whitechapel II will once again draw on a set of iconic cult crimes born out of the area.  After Jack the Ripper comes the gangster brutality of the Krays, and in Whitechapel II the paranoia of this era and the faded glamour of the former East End overlords will characterise the drama.


“Directed by David Evans and produced by Grainne Marmion, Whitechapel II will be filming at various locations around London including Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and the East End. Whitechapel I, which played out in a 9pm Monday night slot in February, was ITV1’s best performing new drama of 2009.  The first episode debuted with 9.3 million viewers (31.1%) and an average audience of 8.7 million (30.1%) watched across the three episodes.” ITV state.


The new series will consist of three hour long episodes to air on ITV1 later in 2010.


Producer SallyWoodward Gentle says, “Whitechapel II will be as sharp, intense and as visually distinctive as the first series with the gangster culture of the Krays never far away.  Once again the streets of Whitechapel yield an extraordinary story and we are delighted, if slightly scared, to be going back there again.”