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Director:
Writers:
Jake Arnott (novel)
Joe Penhall (adaptation)
Contact:
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
7 July 2004 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Harry Starks runs 60s Soho... but he wants so much more.
Plot:
The lives of characters who live, love and suffer through their association with the charismatic charms of gangster Harry Starks. Full summary »
Awards:
5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Very enjoyable and interesting saga of a criminal: is this a return to quality British t.v.? See more (13 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 11)

Mark Strong ... Harry Starks (4 episodes, 2004)

George Costigan ... DI George Mooney (4 episodes, 2004)
Neil Conrich ... Manny Gould (3 episodes, 2004)

Geoff Bell ... Jock McClusky (3 episodes, 2004)

Derek Jacobi ... Lord Edward 'Teddy' Thursby (2 episodes, 2004)

Lena Headey ... Ruby Ryder (2 episodes, 2004)
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Series Directed by
Bille Eltringham (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Jake Arnott (unknown episodes)
Joe Penhall (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Lee Morris .... line producer (4 episodes, 2004)

David Bernath .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Laura Mackie .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Liza Marshall .... producer (unknown episodes)
Hilary Salmon .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Rob Lane (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Tothill (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Andy Pryor (4 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Leigh Walker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
James Keast (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Karen Hartley .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Teresa Kelly .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Kate Roberts .... make up & hair artist: daily (unknown episodes)
Debbi Salmon .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Bobby Prince .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joanna Crow .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Sarah Gilham .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Jack Ravenscroft .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Robert Channon .... scenic painter (4 episodes, 2004)

Mark Brooks .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Dave Channon .... construction manager (unknown episodes)
Liz Colbert .... graphics assistant (unknown episodes)
Dempsey Cook .... dressing props (unknown episodes)
Suzie Davies .... art director: stand-by camera (unknown episodes)
Gill Farr .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Paul Jurczenko .... stand-by carpenter (unknown episodes)
Ian Newton .... dressing props (unknown episodes)
Kevin Scarrott .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Sophie Tyler .... assistant buyer (unknown episodes)
Gary Watson .... property master (unknown episodes)
Kevin Woodhouse .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2004)
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2004)
Catherine Hodgson .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 2004)

Lee Crichlow .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Fiona Curran .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Rory Farnan .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Steve Fish .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Nico Louw .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Richard Manton .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Becki Ponting .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Mark Wellman .... sound technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Ed Smith .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Peter Davies .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Enrico Faccio .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Ian Glenister .... best boy spark (unknown episodes)
Suzi Jacobson .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
Nic Lawson .... cinematographer: second unit (unknown episodes)
Gordon Segrove .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Simon Surtees .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Mark Thornton .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Darren Vincent .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Chris Weightman .... assistant grip (unknown episodes)
Steve Weightman .... grip (unknown episodes)
Dave Wells .... trainee grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Kirsty Robertson .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Allen .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Moore .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Angela Rankin .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Bridgette Williams .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Matt Kaleda .... music clearance (4 episodes, 2004)

Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
Andy Street .... music advisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ben Dillon .... action vehicle coordinator (unknown episodes)
Enyo Mortty .... driver: Mark Stong (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Ray Leek .... titles designer (4 episodes, 2004)

Carrie-Anne Brackstone .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Michelle Franklin .... additional production runner (unknown episodes)
Mark Galbraith .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Pat Garrett .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Emily Graham .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Richard Green .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Scott Hamshere .... armorer (unknown episodes)
Crispin Hardy .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Joel Holmes .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Klaudia Mejcz .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Deborah Morgan .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Louise Mycielski .... rushes coordinator: South Africa (unknown episodes)
Thalia Reynolds .... artists contracts (unknown episodes)
Patricia Scanlon .... assistant coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bob Sohanpal .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Julia Walsh .... script editor (unknown episodes)
Pu San Wong .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
236 min (4 parts) | Brazil:220 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Followed by He Kills Coppers (2008) (TV)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very enjoyable and interesting saga of a criminal: is this a return to quality British t.v.?, 26 October 2008
Author: Kobalt64 from Eastern Australia

A very interesting and enjoyable crime saga centring on London gangster, Harry Starks, and those unfortunate enough (and on occasion, fortunate enough) to have dealings with him. The Long Firm is a well-written, well-directed, and well-acted series from beginning to end. These basic criteria being met ensures that The Long Firm has a chance at least at being a good, if not brilliant, t.v. production. But it is very much more than the basic criteria which it more than amply meets: I can also add that this is a intelligent and perceptive foray (exceptional in this day and age) into London's underworld and British society from the period of the beginning of the 1960s onwards, all as seen through the series' principal actor and agent, Harry Starks.

Harry is something of a contradiction: highly intelligent, yet a criminal (criminals are not commonly considered to be among the best and brightest of a country's society); murderously ruthless to those who cross him, yet concerned with justice to the point of ferociously concentrating on seeking out the murderer of a 17-year-old rent-boy who was one of Harry's employees in his male-prostitution ring, and equally ferociously concentrating on avenging the death of this boy; a criminal and so clearly an amoral and immoral man, but not the deeply corrupt, morally repugnant, and fully objectionable man who is Harry's nemesis, a thoroughly crooked, or "bent" in British parlance, and evil detective of London's Metropolitan Police, whose corruption extends to covering over or obliterating the trails of the power elite's most revolting wrongdoings and vile crimes, and who in comparison to Harry, makes this hardened and violent criminal look like a humanitarian. Harry, too and in contrast to most of the characters with whom he has to deal, has certain principles and standards, pertaining to matters from personal appearance and dress to the practice of self-discipline and self-control for material and intellectual self-advancement. And having such principles and standards, and practising them, clearly sets Harry apart. Harry is certainly a criminal, but is no common criminal. He gains our respect, if not our liking of him.

The story as it runs is set off by point and counterpoint and this makes the course of events and the characters that much more interesting. It is about time the Brits returned to making some quality t.v. series and films--the last fifteen years have seen sporadic, though often prolonged, periods of lack of consistent quality in British television--and The Long Firm, based on Jake Arnott's excellent novel of the same name, is a good beginning and, hopefully, marks a return to consistency in (high) quality for British t.v. programmes and films.

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