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.


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7 July 2004 (UK)  »

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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 »


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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Superior, classy drama
30 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

BBC2's The Long Firm, starring "Our friends In the North" actor Mark Strong, was full of suspense, humour and tension. Lena Headey, Derek Jacobi and Joe Absolom provide a strong supporting cast, but it is Strong in the role of 60s Mob boss Harry Starks which steals the show. Harry is an East-End, working-class, homosexual, Jewish mobster, who is striving for acceptance in London. Based on Jake Arnott's book of the same name the dramatisation has been true to the original version and leading cast members met up with Arnott several times on set to discus their characters and the story. This is obvious because it's brilliant. Definitely worth watching. A well-acted, well-scripted, well-directed production.

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