Why yes, both of these Important Female Characters are whores.
But you knew that, didn't you.
HBO rudely refused Deadwood its entire planned run. But it seems to live again, allbeit that its genetic footprint is a diluted one. As well as Ripper Street, it appears to have sired BBC-America’s Copper.
For reasons that aren't part of what we see in the episodes BBC 1 Ripper's signature theme score and soundtrack sound more American than English -- much more so than BBC-America's Copper. It also alternates a feel on occasion that's more Scorsese's Gangs of New York (which Scorsese’s now adapting for a television series, it is said, to follow up his Boardwalk Empire production) with a Sherlockian in the London Victoriana-ness. None of this seems to be connected to the inclusion of two regular characters who are Americans on the lam from Something. (Everybody in Ripper Street has Secrets.)
Not to mention the number of whores, o the whores. Whatever would writers, show runners and producers do without whores? (Maybe write something imaginative, creative, fresh and good?)
Whores, whores, whores. Yes, yes, yes! the nineteenth century was crowded with women and children who had little or no other recourse to keep fed. (Though that wasn't necessarily so in medieval times or in the 20th century, at least in the U.S. Yet Game of Thrones has no women except nobility or whores. Mad Men has brothels and whores galore, or else scheming, gold-digging cold wives -- how different then is in these matters from Got?) Nevertheless: HISTORY NEWSFLASH!!!!! TELEVISION PROGRAM PRODUCERS, SHOW RUNNERS AND WRITERS: there were more women alive who did not live in bawdy houses or walk the streets than who did.
ANOTHER HISTORY NEWSFLASH: There were also more doctors who were neither drunks nor drug addicts than who were. Got that? You're welcome.
Is it safe to say none of these late nineteenth century period productions -- Copper the earliest period with the first season taking place in 1864 and Ripper the latest with first season set in 1889 -- the year North Dakota became a state (see Deadwood) -- would have happened if not for Deadwood? (The Civil War revisionist Hell on Wheels can be included in these too.) All the shows feature elaborate rhetoric whenever a character opens his / her mouth – particularly his mouth.
So do for that matter, the contemporary entitled to commit violence and murder series, Justified and Sons of Anarchy. But with Justified that may have as much to do with Elmore Leonard's writing style, since the series is based on three of Leonard's works: Pronto, Riding the Rap, and his short story, "Fire in the Hole."
Both Ripper and Copper are returning for a second season.