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Martina Cole's The Take - Preview

Tom Hardy in The Take

Preview by Jack Foley

ADAPTED from Martina Cole’s best-selling novel, The Take, this provocative and violent drama will be the centre-piece of Sky1’s Spring 2009 schedule.

Set in the East End of London and starring Tom Hardy and Brian Cox, The Take is described as a gripping family drama set in the criminal underworld spanning 10 years from the height of Thatcherism to the birth of New Labour.

Screenwriter Neil Biswas (Bradford Riots, Second Generation, In a Land of Plenty) adapts Martina Cole’s novel.


Freddie Jackson (Hardy) is just out of prison. He’s done his time, made the right connections, and now he’s ready to use them.

His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home, but she’s forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie can’t leave alone. His younger cousin Jimmy, dreams of making a name for himself on Freddie’s coattails.

At first, Freddie gets everything he ever wanted and Jimmy is taken along for the ride: a growing crime empire that gives them all the respect and money they’ve hungered for.

But behind it all sits Ozzy (Cox) – the legendary criminal godfather who manipulates Freddie and Jimmy’s fates from behind the bars of his prison cell.

Bitter, resentful and increasingly unstable, Jackie sees her life crumble while her little sister Maggie’s star rises. In love with Freddie’s cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister.

Freddie and Jackie watch Jimmy and Maggie achieve all the dreams that they themselves failed to realise: love, family, stability and respect.

Jealous resentment and an inability to control himself force Freddie to put both the business and family at risk. Torn between being loyal to a cousin he loves and being true to his own destiny, Jimmy is forced to decide between protecting Freddie or the life he has built with Maggie.

This is a powerful human drama about love, power, violence and betrayal.

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