Emilia Fox to investigate Jack the Ripper murders

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From Digital Spy

Emilia Fox is well used to gruesome murders following her role as Dr Nikki Alexander in BBC crime thriller Silent Witness.

And she's now expanding her interest to real life crime, as the actress is set to front a new BBC One documentary about one of the most infamous serial killers of all time.

The BBC has commissioned a one-off science documentary about Jack the Ripper, who is said to have murdered five poor, working-class women in London's East End between August and November 1888.

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The programme will see Fox and Professor David Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Criminology, apply the latest police cold case techniques to the murders, using original crime scene photographs and a virtual reality dissection table.

With the case still largely unsolved over 100 years later, they hope they will get closer than anyone has before to answering vital questions such as who Jack the Ripper really was and whether he committed more murders than we think.

"Having worked on crime drama for many years, this project has been a truly fascinating insight into how current real police procedure, forensics and technology can be applied to the most famous of unsolved historical crimes – the Jack the Ripper murders," Fox said.

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"This documentary appealed to me hugely because of my interest in crime, forensics and pathology and also because it looks at the victims – the women Jack the Ripper chose and what left them so vulnerable to his brutality.

"It's been an immense privilege to get this behind-the-scenes insight into real crime-solving on such a fascinating case."

The hour-long documentary, currently titled Jack The Ripper, will air later this year.

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