The Take (TV series)

The Take is a four-part British television crime drama series, adapted by Neil Biswas from the novel by Martina Cole, that first broadcast on Sky1 on 17 June 2009. Directed by David Drury, The Take follows the activities of criminal sociopath Freddie Jackson (Tom Hardy), who has recently been released from prison, only to find that his cousin Jimmy (Shaun Evans) is attempting to make a name for himself on the back of his reputation. The series also stars Brian Cox, Kierston Wareing, Margot Leicester and Charlotte Riley among others.[1]

The Take
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Also known asMartina Cole's The Take
GenreCrime drama
Written byNeil Biswas
Directed byDavid Drury
Opening themeKasabian"Club Foot"
Composer(s)Ruth Barrett
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Helen Flint
Producer(s)Willow Grylls
CinematographyOwen McPolin
Editor(s)Chris Ridsdale
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Original networkSky1
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release17 June (2009-06-17) –
1 July 2009 (2009-07-01)

Principal shooting for the series took place in Dublin.[2] As well as original music by Ruth Barrett, the series also makes use of Kasabian's "Club Foot" as its opening theme. The Take was the first of two Cole novels to be adapted by Company Pictures for Sky1, the other being The Runaway, starring Jack O'Connell and Joanna Vanderham, that followed in 2011. The Take was released on Region 2 DVD on 6 July 2009 by ITV Studios Home Entertainment.[3]

The series aired in the United States between 2 and 23 December 2009 on Encore. The first episode gathered 180,000 viewers, while the second attracted 152,000.[4] The series was also released on Region 1 DVD on 28 August 2012, via BFS Entertainment.[5] The series received critical acclaim for Hardy's portrayal of Freddie Jackson. Notably, Hardy and Charlotte Riley, who first met whilst working together on the series, later married.


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.[1] 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. Behind it all sits Ozzy (Brian Cox) - the legendary criminal godfather who manipulates Freddie and Jimmy's fates from prison cell.[1]

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 failed to realise: love, family, stability and respect. Resentment and an inability to control himself force Freddie to put the business and his 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.[1]



Episode Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Viewers
1"Episode 1"Neil BiswasDavid Drury17 June 2009 (2009-06-17)0.88
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 2"Neil BiswasDavid Drury17 June 2009 (2009-06-17)0.89
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 3"Neil BiswasDavid Drury24 June 2009 (2009-06-24)0.70
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 4"Neil BiswasDavid Drury1 July 2009 (2009-07-01)0.93
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.


Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref
2010 IFTA Award Best Make Up & Hair Lorraine Glynn, Morna Ferguson Won [7]
Best Production Design Susie Cullen Nominated
RTS Television Award Best Male Actor Tom Hardy Nominated [8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Did you feel taken in by The Take?". The Guardian. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Shooting Underway On 'The Take' - The Irish Film & Television Network".
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  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (12 December 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 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ Lambert, David (14 August 2012). "The Take (mini-series) - 2-DVD Set of the U.K. Show Starring The Dark Knight Rises' 'Bane'". Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "RTS award winners and nominees". The Guardian. London. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

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