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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

Ripper Street Saturday at 9 p.m., BBC America

I’ve enjoyed this series, which wraps for the season on Saturday night. “Ripper Street” is yet another TV crime procedural, but the primitive forensics and the Victorian setting, with its killing poverty and moral hypocrisies, make it stand out. The writers manage to turn each murder case into more than just a whodunit, with themes about the brutality of war, labor strikes, and psychiatry. And Matthew Macfadyen has been a formidable lead. The series has been renewed for a second season.

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