This drama was originally shown in 1988 on ITV. It tells the story of the rise of a gangster (Iain Glen) and his "crew" from a pocket of Islington to the wider domains of London. Don't expect fast paced brutal action as seen in so many cheap modern films (eg Football Factory, Green Street). This tv series allowed space for the plot and characters to breathe. It all feels very real. I remember first seeing it as a 15 year old, when it was heavily advertised on ITV. Genuinely thrilling then, I wasn't sure how it would stand up today. I am pleased to say it had me gripped again from start to finish. There are 5 episodes each coming in at approx. 50 minutes. Being a 1980's drama the fashions, cars and lansdscapes are all genuine unlike so many modern takes on what the 1980's might have been like (and therefore caricatured). The drama abounds with fine acting. Apart from the cool, detached and cynical lead from Iain Glen there is fine back up from Jesse Birdsall and Susannah Harker as best friend and wife respectively. I waited years for this to appear on DVD and held little hope that it would. It seemed a forgotten masterpiece from a time when the scope and ambition of tv tried to match feature films. Now it is here, I would advise you to buy this as soon as possible and experience The Fear!