The last series ended with Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) heading off to Bournemouth for a new life, where he could stroll along the prom in a nice linen suit instead of having to cope with the daily horrors of the crime-infested East End of London. In fact, Ripper Street was becoming so violent and gory that it was a bit like The Good Old Days directed by Quentin Tarantino.

As this new series (first shown on Amazon Prime) begins, Inspector Drake (Jerome Flynn) has taken over H Division and has a new HQ, complete with a telephone, a mini-morgue and all of Reid’s archive shrunk down to a micro-reader. Is it enough to tempt the former boss out of retirement?