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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 Harry Starks (4 episodes, 2004)
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 DI George Mooney (4 episodes, 2004)
Neil Conrich ...
 Manny Gould (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Jock McClusky (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Lord Edward 'Teddy' Thursby (2 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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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 »

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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3 August 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The BBC rest on their past reputation . There's little good I can say about the BBC in the 21st century as they force feed us TV dinners of quiz shows , hidden camera shows and DIY shows , recipes that leave TV critics like myself under nourished . But my compliments to whatever TV chef cooked up THE LONG FORM for our televisual delight

Mark Strong plays Harry Starks a homosexual gangster in 1960s London .

Episode 1 ) Harry and his new boyfriend travel to Nigeria to pull off a scam

Episode 2 ) Harry tries to set up a club while his new boyfriend Tommy has a sexual relationship with starlet Ruby Ryder

Episode 3 ) A rent boy is found murdered and mutilated so Harry tries to track down his killers

Episode 4 ) Newly released from prison Harry tries to start a new life in Spain with a limp wristed criminologist

That's the premise of each episode but it's impossible to describe how well they play out on screen . For much of the episode Harry is off centre and it's the supporting characters that carry the audience through the story . It also has a wonderful sense of dark humour like the bit where an obviously stoned Judy Garland tries to sing only to have the club goers pelt and boo her , or the scene where Harry is described as a deviant by a criminologist : " Deviant ? Deviant ! - Calling me a f***in' nonce ! "

This show has you laughing out loud one minute and curling your toes the next with some graphic violence because there's nothing Harry enjoys more than tying someone up in a chair and inflicting violence on them usually with a white hot object

There's little negative I can say about THE LONG FIRM . I could be pedantic and point out small errors like the episode set in 1967 has a clip from a DOCTOR WHO story from 1968 but that would be cruel . The ending is slightly disappointing but nothing is perfect and expect this show to pick up a major amount of awards at next years BAFTA's

And if the BBC can produce drama of this quality then why do we have to put up with a unfufilling TV diet of garbage ? The BBC can still make classic drama when it wants to . I guess they just don't want to


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