Jake Arnott

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The Long Firm

Producer Liza Marshall Writer Joe Penhall Starring
  • Joe Absolom
  • Phil Daniels
  • Derek Jacobi
  • Derek Jacobi
    Production Company BBC Productions
    Broadcaster BBC2

    Jake Arnott's debut novel - a crime thriller set in London's gangster underworld from the 1950s through to the 1980s -was optioned for television dramatization when it was still in manuscript.

    The BBC's adaptation neatly mirrored the novel's episodic structure across four hours and Bille Eltringham vividly brought to life the particular atmosphere depicted powerfully in the book.

    Mark Strong gave a remarkable central performance, perfectly bringing to the screen Arnott's creation Harry Starks, the sadistic criminal boss.

    The Long Firm

    I loved everything about The Long Firm, from Mark Strong's sexy, sleazy, sadistic Harry Starks, a Kray by any other name, to Derek Jacobi's charmingly vulnerable Lord Teddy Thursby, a ringer for Lord Boothby Kathryn Flett
    The Observer

    The script is sharp, the atmosphere rank and the performances faultless
    The Times

    This is a consummate piece of drama, utterly gripping, intelligently written, and boasting outstanding, subtle performances
    The Financial Times

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