The Long Firm (2004)

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The lives of characters who live, love and suffer through their association with the charismatic charms of gangster Harry Starks.

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Series cast summary:
 Harry Starks (4 episodes, 2004)
 DI George Mooney (4 episodes, 2004)
Neil Conrich ...
 Manny Gould (3 episodes, 2004)
 Jock McClusky (3 episodes, 2004)
 Lord Edward Thursby (2 episodes, 2004)
 Ruby Ryder (2 episodes, 2004)


London, early '60s. Harry Starks is a dangerous mobster, a club owner who loves money, rent boys and Judy Garland. He's an East End gangster who, in grandiose Kray Twins style tradition, is not only prone to streaks of madness, depression and a violent temper but homosexuality. His penchant for Spanish Inquisition style justice has handed him the Fleet Street moniker of "Torture Gang Boss". He revels in a nether world of minor celebrities, fund raisers, boxing, showbiz, gambling clubs and philanthropy... for the sake of public image. Written by Anonymous

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Harry Starks runs 60s Soho... but he wants so much more.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

7 July 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Empresa do Crime  »

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(4 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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The original novel, "The Long Firm", contained five stories. "Red Hot Poker", "Dissolution Honours", "The Rank Charm School", "Jack the Hat" and "Open University". The first episode of the TV show, "Teddy's Story" was an amalgamation of "Red Hot Poker" and "Dissolution Honours". The episode "Rbuys Story" was an adaptation of "The Rank Charm School", "Jack the Hat" became "Jimmy's Story" and "Open University" became Lennys story. In "Jack the Hat", the main support character was the factual Jack "The Hat" McVitie. For legal reasons he could not be included, so the character of Jimmy was adopted from the first chapter of the book "Red Hot Poker", to replace Jack in this episode. See more »


When Harry and Teddy go to Nigeria (in 1964), we see cars driving on the right-hand side of the road. Nigeria drove on the left until 1972. See more »


Lord Teddy Thursby: Now look, Harry, you know I can't abide violence. I'm just no good at that sort of thing.
Harry Starks: Good thing I'm an expert, then.
Lord Teddy Thursby: I'm not hitting anyone, if that's what you're thinking.
Harry Starks: I just want you to reassure him - talk to him, make him see the error of his ways. Then *I'll* hit him.
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Followed by He Kills Coppers (2008) See more »

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Good, but could have been better!
15 February 2010 | by (Monaco) – See all my reviews

This series starts off very well, then slowly winds down to a relatively boring and predictable 'normality' after the first two episodes. One thing this series has going for itself is excellent acting throughout, but especially Mark Strong is utterly believable and chilling as Harry Starks. This is one of the best performances I have ever seen for a TV series, well done!

I have not read the book, but I believe more could have been extracted from it, and a longer (and better) mini series could have emerged as a result. In any case, not a bad 4-episode novel adaptation, initially very original and innovative, but just don't expect too much overall.

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