Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.
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 Jimmy (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Freddie (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Maggie (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Jackie (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Lena (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Ozzy (4 episodes, 2009)
Jane Wood ...
 Maddie (4 episodes, 2009)
Steve Nicolson ...
 Lewis (4 episodes, 2009)
John Ashton ...
 Joseph (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Kim (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Police Constable (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Patricia (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Des (2 episodes, 2009)
Macdara Joyce ...
 Little Jimmy (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Altay Nevzat (2 episodes, 2009)
Sammy Williams ...
 Little Freddie (2 episodes, 2009)
Jenny Kavanagh ...
 Kimberly (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Fatik Nevzat (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Freddie Senior (2 episodes, 2009)
Gary Murphy ...
 Tony the Barman (2 episodes, 2009)
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Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.

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He's got family, he's got power, but he's got issues.

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Sara Stewart, who plays Patricia, played Christian Bale's mother in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005). Tom Hardy played Bane in the last Christopher Nolan Batman film The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Both Tom Hardy's and Sara Stewart's characters become intimate later on in the series. See more »

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Featured in Lorraine: Episode dated 25 October 2016 (2016) See more »

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Good portrayal of a psycho + Brian Cox
18 June 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Only watched half an episode, and already like it.

Brian Cox is always worth watching, but his young protogée is a psycho worth a glance as well. Shades of the Krays in the masked but finally explosive violence.

Only thing I would have improved on so far is the engine in the Capri (well it's the '80's) - it's only a 1.6 Laser. Hadn't the props boys heard of the 3 litre, or depending on the actual timescale the final 280.

The title might have been suggested by Peter Gabriel's lyric "if you don't get given, you learn to take" - but that was about something entirely different. (Peter Gabriel - "I shoot into the sun") Good stuff.

OK, coming back to edit my comments, and noticing a few of you didn't find the comment useful. Bugger off!.

Watching the final episode now, and it's just reinforcing my initial thoughts. This is hard stuff. Like Eastenders (which I don't watch deliberately) on smack. Baseball bats, and even shades of Hostel.

Pay careful attention to the scene in the hairdressing salon between the sisters, when one "wants to look like" the other. Desperate situation.

Finally, not only Brian Cox but the entire cast do an excellent job, and the part of the "wronged sister" is played by someone with such subtle eye movements that I hope her star rises quickly.


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