Ripper Street: Episode One short synopsis

Since we know have learned that  BBC One will be airing Ripper Street on Sunday 30th December, 2012 at 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm slot, I thought we should learn a little bit about the first episode. Here is what BBC has released:

April 1889 - six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing. East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer’s reign of terror might at last have run its course. Nowhere is this truer than in the corridors of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men hunted this maniac - and failed to find him.

Ripper Street is a fictionalised trek into the heart of a London borough living in the blood soaked aftermath of that forever anonymous killer. It is an investigative procedural about dedicated policemen for whom life – and crime – go on.

In the first episode of Ripper Street, a young woman is found brutally murdered, the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One time H Division boss, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, believes it Jack’s return, but Reid – the precinct’s new master – suspects a different evil at work.

Ripper Street will begin airing in the US on BBC America beginning January 19th at 9 pm and in Australia on Network 10 at 8:30 pm