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

[to John Ogungbe, preparing to torture him]
Harry Starks: Now I ain't gonna enjoy this any more than you, old son, but needs must, as they say. I want the truth, the whole truth - and by the time I've finished with you, by God I'll have it.
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Followed by He Kills Coppers (2008) See more »

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More 60s gangsters - but these are really scary
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

A fascinating four-parter, centred on London gangland boss Harry Starks, and starting in the 1960s. The episodes are uneven, and occasionally implausible, but the series is made unmissable by the looming presence of Mark Strong. He is more than a scary thug, though he is terrifying in that role. At times he is stoical, and even tender, so that you can even feel sorry for him. He is countered by Derek Jacobi as a corrupt peer, drawn into Harry's half-baked schemes, with a splendid cameo by Phil Daniels as pathetic drug-dealer.

The London and Essex settings are excellent, capturing perfectly the glamour and seediness of '60s clubland. When Harry goes further afield, to Nigeria and then Spain, it is a lot less convincing. But overall a great series, well worth looking out for.


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