The lives of characters who live, love and suffer through their association with the charismatic charms of gangster Harry Starks.
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 Manny Gould 3 episodes, 2004
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 Jock McClusky 3 episodes, 2004
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 Ruby Ryder 2 episodes, 2004
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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.

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Lord Teddy Thursby: What kind of a scumbag do you think I am?
Harry Starks: A LYING ONE!
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Followed by He Kills Coppers (2008) See more »

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In the final analysis: Jolly good.
20 October 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Fantastic!

An authentic image of a gangster and a beautifully conveyed story. Brilliant acting; especially Mark Strong's emotional and moving character. A delicate balance of drama, thrill and violence. It's the plot that kept me watching till 3 O'clock in the morning. The four characters telling their own story in each episode is a marvelous film-noir touch. A masterpiece by novel writer, Jake Arnott, brought thrice as powerful by the conversion to visual which was done perfectly. Not a single boring moment, and not for one second does it lose it's authentic aura. A must-see series.


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