The Take (TV series)

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The Take
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Format Drama
Directed by David Drury
Starring Tom Hardy
Brian Cox
Shaun Evans
Kierston Wareing
Charlotte Riley
Hayley Angel Holt
Opening theme Kasabian – "Club Foot"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) Willow Grylls
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Sky1
Original run 15 June 2009 – 1 July 2009

The Take is a four episode British drama TV series on Sky 1 based upon the Martina Cole novel. Shooting for the show took place in Dublin.[1] The show premiered on 17 June 2009 and stars Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Hayley Angel Holt, Shaun Evans, Kierston Wareing, and Charlotte Riley.[2]

The show received critical acclaim, mainly for Tom Hardy's portrayal of criminal sociopath Freddie Jackson.

Plot[edit]

Freddie Jackson (Tom 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 (Kierston Wareing) dreams of having her husband home but she's forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. His younger cousin, Jimmy (Shaun Evans), 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 (Brian 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 (Charlotte Riley) 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.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Title Directed by Written by Viewers
(in thousands)[3]
Original air date
1 "Episode One" David Drury Neil Biswas 888,000 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15)
1984-1985 Freddie Jackson is out of prison and looking to make a name for himself with the help of his cousin Jimmy and powerful new ally Ozzy - a legendary crime boss controlling the East End crime empire.
2 "Episode Two" David Drury Neil Biswas 890,000 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15)
1988-1990 There's a new killing to be made and Freddie and Jimmy are forming alliances with the help of Ozzy. When Freddie's behavior takes a shocking turn for the worse and almost ruins a deal, Jimmy takes control.
3 "Episode Three" David Drury Neil Biswas 708,000 24 June 2009 (2009-06-24)
It's 1994 and Little Freddie seems to be following in his father's shadow after creating a showdown between sisters Jackie and Maggie. Whilst Freddie is making plans to take over the empire by plotting an attack on Ozzy in prison.
4 "Episode Four" David Drury Neil Biswas 903,000 1 July 2009 (2009-07-01)
Jimmy forces Freddie to take responsibility for his son's actions when Little Jimmy is found dead at the hands of Little Freddie. Maggie finally reveals the truth about Little Jimmy's father causing a confrontation between Maggie and Freddie.

Reception[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref
2010 IFTA Award Best Make Up & Hair Lorraine Glynn, Morna Ferguson Won [4]
Best Production Design Susie Cullen Nominated
RTS Television Award Best Male Actor Tom Hardy Nominated [5]

DVD release[edit]

The Take was released by BFS Entertainment in a two-disc DVD set on August 28, 2012 that includes cast and crew interviews.[6]

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