From Ripper Street to Royalty

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Last nights TV viewing was compelling… Now I don’t like to admit this – well not to him indoors, because every week I’ve moaned about it being on – but I was quite into last week’s and last night’s episodes of Ripper Street.  Period dramas are not my forte to be honest.  I can honestly say I’ve never watched Downtown Abbey or Pride and Prejudice.

I am a detective viewer… any crime drama from Morse to Scott and Bailey with a touch of Law and Order SVU thrown in for good measure are my idea of a good night’s viewing.

But what an ending to Ripper Street.  The Captain dead, Mimi leaving Ripper Street before the New Year Bells, Caitlin (Miss Susan) hanging from a rope, a pregnant Matilda and Drummond off to pastures new, leaving Edmund Reid all alone in Whitechapel.  Spending New Year’s Eve, as the bells toll, finishing paperwork back at H Division based at Leman Street Police Station.

The acting was compelling, and I couldn’t believe they killed the Captain off.. how dare they! Life without the Captain… not acceptable.

Ripper Street will be no more.. and to be perfectly honest if I was expecting a happy ending for any of the characters, after the finales of the last two seasons, one being the demise of Drake, I was more deluded than I thought.  Ripper Street, can’t be resurrected.  It was the end.  Ripper Street is over.  And Ripper Street will be an all time classic, just like Morse and Lewis.

Ripper Street was dark, rather barbaric at times, and a TV series, that started out on BBC, before going to Amazon Prime and then back to the BBC. As reported in the Radio Times back in 2016.

If Lewis is correct, at least this time Ripper Street won’t end unresolved, as was the case when the BBC pulled the plug on the series in 2013 and subsequently picked up by streaming service Amazon Prime. This time, the writers will be able to give the show the ending it deserves.

Sitting at H Division going through the paperwork of the last year was the end for Edmund Reid.. the end of a drama that was nail-gripping with quality acting by all characters. Edmund Reid all alone.. with no one to care for him.

My only criticism of last night’s episode was that within the first half an hour.. you saw the fate of Edmund Reid, Dove, Miss Susan as well as seeing the Captain leaving England for America with his young son Connor.

The next half an hour, saw flashbacks of Reid’s life hunting for Jack the Ripper at Leman Street.  As well as the breaking the bad news to Mimi that the Captain had died.  The only good thing about those flashbacks was that we saw Inspector Drake one more time and bid farewell to Mimi as she headed out of Whitechapel to get married, cos she feared that staying in Whitechapel would haunt her forever with the memories of the Captain.

Ripper Street is no more… And Edmund Reid is all alone once more.

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Diana

After watching Ripper Street, I turned to ITV and watched the documentary of Prince William and Prince Harry speaking about their beloved mother.  In their frank and honest documentary of their life with their mother… I couldn’t help but shed a tear thinking of how young these two beautiful boys were when they lost their mother.  To compound to their sorrow is their knowledge that the last phone call they ever had with their mother, was one where they just wanted to go back and play with each other than speak on a telephone.

Both boys stated that last phone conversation will haunt them forever.

The work of Princess Diana will be a legacy to her caring and compassionate nature.  She will forever be the People’s Princess.  And it is so wonderful to hear her son’s vow that they will continue to carry on her work.

We saw into the private lives of Princess Diana and the relationship she had with her boys.  And I couldn’t help but laugh at how naughty she could be, by smuggling sweets into Prince Harry’s football socks whilst they were at school.

Prince Harry revealed that one of her mottos to him was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’.  And Prince William laughed at how she would send him rude cards with little messages in them.  Both boys said their mother was like a big kid herself… full of fun and laughter and a practical joker.

Last night we saw another side to Princess Diana.. a side that was warm, caring, funny and full of love for her children.

And to hear how Prince Harry basically shut this mother out of his life, upon her death, so that he could deal with her death was heart-breaking.  Yet understandable.

“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”

Asked whether he had been to see a ‘shrink’ to offload his thoughts, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.”

The Prince admitted that at times he had struggled with aggression and turned to boxing as an outlet for his frustration.

“During those years I took up boxing, because everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression,” he said.

“And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”

He eventually sought support with the encouragement of his brother and others close to him, who told him: “Look, you really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.”

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I can relate to how Prince Harry felt.. you see I lost my dad, who I was so close to, the day before my 30th Birthday.  Yes I did the crying with grief at first but then, like Prince Harry I shut him out .. it was the only way I could deal with it.  To me I acted if my father didn’t exist.  If someone spoke about him, I would walk out of the room.  It was nigh on eighteen months before I could bring myself to speak about my father.  It was my way of dealing with grief.  Shut it out and hope it goes away.  It doesn’t, eventually I had to deal with the grief of losing my father.  But I dealt with my grief at my pace.

Last night’s viewing on TV was full of emotion… we saw the end of a classic TV Series and we saw behind the life of a mother who just happened to be a Princess.

 

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