Reason #50 (yes, I’m up to 50 and counting) why I absolutely love British television and think it is the best television on Planet Earth. Ok, # 1 & #2 have to be the writing and the acting (or acting and writing depending on the day), but when it comes to the actual production, besides being the absolute best, they just have fun with it. Case in point. Ripper Street, the BBC crime drama series set in the Whitechapel area of London’s East End in the post-Jack the Ripper late 1800’s and starring Matthew MacFadyen (Spooks, Pride & Prejudice), added their own bit of fun to their stellar series.
In the current series, the three fictitious street names, Hartnell Street, Troughton Street and Cushing Road, appear on a list of UK Incorporated Companies being pored over by Matthew Macfadyen’s Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in episode four, and are a nano-second tribute to Doctor Who for its 50th anniversary celebration. #TOH to Radio Times reader Colin Mcneil who spotted them in a recent episode of Ripper Street. Needless to say, if you wander aimlessly around London, you aren’t going to come across a Hartnell Street, Troughton Street or Cushing Road on a tour of London. There is a Troughton Road but that’s another issue for another day.
A spokesman for Tiger Aspect productions, producers of Ripper Street for the BBC, confirmed the sighting. “From this week’s episode, our little tribute for the eagle-eyed viewers… HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!! To you, we doff our bowlers – all at Ripper Street.”
Now, off to find reason #51…