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"The Take" (Encore) is a four-part miniseries based on Martina Cole's best-selling crime thriller.

Centered around the trials, tribulations and speculations of an English family, "The Take" stars Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), "Warrior," "Inception," "RocknRolla," "Black Hawk Down") as Freddie Jackson, with Shaun Evans ("Boy A") portraying Freddie's cousin Jimmy. Emmy Award winning actor Brian Cox ("The Escapist," "Troy," "The Bourne Supremacy," "Braveheart") also stars as Ozzy, the legendary criminal godfather who manipulates the fates of Freddie and his cousin Jimmy. Freddie's wife Jackie is played by Kierston Wareing ("Leaving," "It's a Free World") and Charlotte Riley ("Easy Virtue") plays her younger sister Maggie. 

Set in the streets of London's East End, Martina Cole's "The Take" is a gripping family drama that unfolds in the city's criminal underworld over 10 tumultuous years, from the height of Thatcherism to the birth of New Labor. Freddie Jackson 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 fights and the women Freddie can't separate himself from. 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. Behind it all sits Ozzy, 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. Dedicated to her husband 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 realize: 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. Martina Cole's "The Take" is a potent human drama about love, power, violence and betrayal.

"The Take" is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, directed by David Drury, written by Neil Biswas, and produced by Willow Grylls. The miniseries is executive produced by Lavinia Warner, Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Helen Flint, Suzan Harrison, Andrew Lowe, Elaine Pyke, and Martina Cole.

Variety Review: The Take


Network: Encore
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: December 2, 2011
Production Company: ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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