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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Kierston Wareing, Shaun Evans, Charlotte Riley, Brian Cox
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Producers: Willow Grylls
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001W9EUCW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All four episodes of the four-part ITV drama mini-series based on the novel by Martina Cole. Tom Hardy stars as Freddie Jackson, who is released from prison in 1984 having served a four-year sentence for armed robbery. His wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing), who has been waiting for him on the outside in the mistaken belief that that he wants to go straight, soon finds herself disappointed: Freddie is in fact raring to get back into the game and has set his sights on becoming top dog in the East End underworld. Meanwhile his younger cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) is hot on his heels, and dreams of riding Freddie's coat-tails to rise through the ranks of the crime empire.

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Based on the best-selling book by Martina Cole, The Take follows the story of Freddie Jackson, a man who’s just left prison. And it’s fair to say has no intention of leaving a life of crime behind him. Thanks to the book of contacts he’s accrued while inside, he’s looking to put his newly found knowledge to commercial, and criminal, use.

Played by Tom Hardy, in a strong leading turn, Jackson doesn’t take long to get back to business. The Take lands him a London rife with gang warfare though, and we soon get the impression that this is not a safe place to be. Events start in the mid 1980s, and the narrative of the drama then covers the next decade, and the cultural and political changes that encompasses. And Jackson’s life doesn’t quite go the way he’d envisaged…

Co-starring Brian Cox and Charlotte Riley, The Take packs plenty in over its four instalments, and it doesn’t hold back on portraying just how brutal the London underworld can be. Yet it’s gripping drama, nonetheless, spearheaded by a superb turn from Tom Hardy in the lead role. Granted, it crams too much into four episodes, and often has to gallop through events. Plus, there’s a familiarity to the narrative. But this is a gritty, well-released adaptation of a strong book, and worth seeking out. --Jon Foster

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I haven't read the book....but this was fantastic.

Tom Hardy (dear god he's one to watch!) turns in a magnificent performance as freed man Freddie, freshly released from prison and up for some violent mischief and ziggurat climbing. Imagine an East End Goodfellas and you're not far off. As things go on the plot twists and turns, the bodies stack up and Freddie's hands get bloodier and bloodier, pulling his cousin Jimmy down with him. It's a rollercoaster ride of murder, extortion, sex, drugs and betrayal.....and it's brilliant!

The cast are excellent in their roles, although Brian Cox's accent shifts all over the place. Hardy is a revelation. I can't speak highly enough of this performance. He is both menacing and sometimes endearing. Both at times incredibly funny and chillingly sadistic. His Freddie is both psychotic powerhouse and vulnerable child, driven at times into furious tantrums that always end in bloodshed. Whilst the plot may be predictable at times (after a while you can begin to anticipate a looming fatality), the character profiles are so well drawn by their respective actors that you are utterly sucked in to this world of grimy, sordid violence.

I wouldn't say that this is enjoyable television. Don't expect cathartic escapism or easy viewing. But finally we have a slick, sharp, gritty mini-serial to rival some of the American imports flooding our channels in lieu of programmes like Waking the Dead. There needs to be more television in this country like this: Ambitious, cinematic, gripping, story driven television. Television that grabs us by the throat and forces us to watch.

This is a primal scream of televisual achievement. Make sure you hear it.
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This is one of the best programmes I have ever watched - It is simply essential viewing - shocking / funny / harrowing / violent / engrossing...It grips you from the first minute and stays with you long after the final credits.Tom Hardy is INCREDIBLE as Freddy...mesmerising...one of the most memorable characters I have ever watched... and the rest of the cast/acting is top notch...puts most Hollywood films to shame...This deserves awards...and then some...not for the faint hearted...but UNMISSABLE TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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These days British television dramas are not what they should be. Recently American television drama has become suprisingly superior to our own with great shows like 'The Wire' and 'The Sopranos'. Now finally Britain has responded with this great peice of crime fiction with 'The Take'.

The series contains only four 45 minute episodes but that doesnt prevent you from enjoying this; in fact the shortness of the series enhances the watching experience.

Tom Hardy is as excellent as he always is and the supporting cast are equally impressive. The story is intreaguing and not predictable at all. The characters are complex and believable. The production and script feels worthy of a feature film ..... in fact I have seen much worse films on British gangland such as truely dreadful 'The Rise of the Foot Soldier'.

This is a welcomed 'shot in the arm' for British television which in recent years has suffered from mediocrity.

A great British gangster film separated into 4x45 minute episodes.
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Excellent show - Tom Hardy must be up there with Depp and DiCaprio when it comes to people watching a film for the actor alone! Outstanding performance - id watched one scene in Bronson (the one in the cell) and Inception - he's now my favourite around at this time!
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This drama is brilliant, intense & thrilling, it quickly draws you in & makes you want to keep watching to find out what happens next.
The cast are great, especially Tom Hardy who is mesmerizing as Freddie, who despite having a dark side you can't help but like, I am a big fan of Tom Hardy & this is one of my fave roles I have seen him in, he is an amazing actor & in my opinion the star of the show although the rest of the cast play their roles brilliantly too.
This is definitely a must watch & for this price a bargain, if only to drool over Tom Hardy, lol. ;)
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Initially thought it was a film but it is a 4-part film sort of and what an amazing film! Didn't really know what to expect but if you like gangsters, mob type characters, sex and drugs, then this is definitely the film for you. Freddie is a horrible b*****d but that just adds to the excitement of the story. The whole film was about 2 and a half hours long but I just couldn't wait to get to the end. Will be recommending this.
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I read The Take by Martina Cole awhile ago and having missed the tv series decided to buy the DVD of it. I thought Tom Hardy was great as Freddie but Jackie was as unhinged as she is in the book and little Freddie was different in the drama compared to the book. I know they can't put everything in the drama but l think they missed out key bits and changed things to much but l did think it was good overall but was very disappointed by the ending would have liked them to stick to the book more. Not as good as the book love Martina Cole books its worth a watch though. Great role Tom Hardy as Freddie
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2009
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A DVD bringing together the whole of the TV series that follows the rise of East-End criminal and wannabe king-pin Freddie Jackson, from his release from prison in 1984 and by stages through to the mid 1990s. The first half of the film (which is broken up into four separate episodes) focuses more on his criminal activities and the women around him take somewhat peripheral roles. But halfway through the general flavour changes and the closing story is immersed in more personal or family matters, matters in which the women take very prominent roles.

It's probably a good thing to see this before reading the Martina Cole novel on which it is based, because inevitably radical changes needed to be made to make it suitable for television and to squeeze as much as is practically possible into the already considerable 176 minutes. As a result some of the key characters in the novel (notably the elder ones, Ozzy and Patricia) get rather more minor roles than anyone who has read the book will expect. But taken as it is, as a TV screenplay, it has been structured very well, it is balanced and makes for entertaining viewing. It manages to get the best out of Martina Cole and eliminate some of the tasteless excesses that the book contains. I watched it non-stop from start to finish, all three hours of it, and it held my attention at all times. Credit must be given not only to the leading man Tom Hardy, the psychopathic Freddie Jackson, but also to Charlotte Riley, who plays his sister-in-law, and to Kierston Wareing who plays Freddie's wife Jackie. It's a huge pleasure to be able to watch the film without any commercial breaks, and the result is an immeasurably better watch than would have been the case on ITV.
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