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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:
Somewhat disappointing 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?

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

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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Somewhat disappointing, 29 July 2004
Author: LewisJForce (gunghomonro@yahoo.com) from Wolverhampton, England

I tuned in to 'The Long Firm'" with high hopes. A modern historical drama starring the excellent Mark Strong looked promising, bringing to mind memories of 'Our friends in the north' - one of the best TV dramas of the past 20 years. Having now seen the fourth and final episode, I have to say that, although it was entertaining and extremely well-made, I was more than a little disappointed.

I am loathe to criticise ambitious drama like this in the light of the soapy dreck that constitutes the vast majority of British televisual output. However, 'The Long Firm' promised more than it delivered. And its faults lay firmly with the writing.

Each episode used a different narrator to relay details of their associations with the main character, London gangster Harry Starks. The technique proved clumsy, with the voice-overs unsubtle and unenlightening. Why employ such a method if ultimately the insights are all the same? More friction needed to exist between what we saw and what we heard for it to work. Like too much modern drama, the approach didn't transcend its stylistic facility.

In the same vein, character development and the attendant psychological underpinnings (e.g. gangster as thwarted celebrity/entertainer) were clichéd and overly familiar. The final episode, in particular, was embarrassingly heavy-handed in its satire of the counter-culture and academia. In general there was too much pastiche and caricature to allow real interest. Any emotional impact generated by these people was purely down to the skill of the actors and the director. Also, I haven't read the source novel by Jake Arnott, but I am presuming that it made a more profitable and resonant use of the metaphorical title. Here, it was explained briefly in episode one and then thrown away.

Ultimately, each episode proved highly watchable but somehow unsatisfying, leaving this viewer to assume that we were building to some revelation/twist/new insight that never came, the screenwriter happy to fashion the piece into little more than a summation of period iconography/psychology.

There was much to enjoy, though. The piece was extremely well-cast, mixing a few expected-but-impressive veterans with a lot of talented but lesser-known faces. Mark Strong proved to be a commanding linchpin as Starks, bringing charisma and nuance to the role. Also notable were Lena Headey's Ruby Ryder, the excellent George Costigan, and Shaun Dingwall as Harry's biographer. The period detail and mise en scene were nicely understated and entirely convincing, and there were nice, ballsy touches like the interpolation of footage from the 'Parkinson' show. Additionally there were a few welcome surprises on the contemporaneous soundtrack, such as Janice Nicholls' novelty hit 'I'll give it five'. Or 'Oi'll give eet foive!'.

Perhaps I expected a little too much from this piece. I walked away reasonably entertained but with an air of opportunities unfulfilled.

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