The Take (TV series)

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The Take
The Take Miniseries.jpg
DVD cover
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
Producer(s) Willow Grylls
Running time

60 minutes

(Full running time) 180 minutes
Original network Sky1
Original release 15 June – 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 Hardy's portrayal of criminal sociopath Freddie Jackson.


Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy) has just been released from prison. He has done his time, made the right connections and now he is ready to use them. His wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing) dreams of having her husband home but she has forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie cannot 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 have 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.



Episode Title Directed by Written by Viewers
(in thousands)[3]
Original air date
1"Episode One"David DruryNeil Biswas888,00015 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 DruryNeil Biswas890,00015 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 DruryNeil Biswas708,00024 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 DruryNeil Biswas903,0001 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.

The four episodes aired in the United States on 2, 9, 16 and 23 December on Encore. The first episode had 180,000 viewers, and the second episode had 152,000.[4]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref
2010 IFTA Award Best Make Up & Hair Lorraine Glynn, Morna Ferguson Won [5]
Best Production Design Susie Cullen Nominated
RTS Television Award Best Male Actor Tom Hardy Nominated [6]

DVD release[edit]

The Take was released by BFS Entertainment in a two-disc DVD set on 28 August 2012 that includes cast and crew interviews.[7]


  1. ^ "Shooting Underway On 'The Take' - The Irish Film & Television Network". 
  2. ^ "Sky 1 -". 
  3. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (December 12, 2011). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Wins Again + 'Smackdown,' 'Sanctuary,' 'For Better or Worse' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "IFTA Awards 2010 Full list of winners from the Irish Film and Television Awards". Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "RTS award winners and nominees". The Guardian. London. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Lambert, David (August 14, 2012). "The Take (mini-series) - 2-DVD Set of the U.K. Show Starring The Dark Knight Rises' 'Bane'". Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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