Meet Harry Starks: club owner, racketeer, porn king, sociology graduate and keen Judy Garland fan. Starks rules swinging sixties Soho with a coercive fist and his favourite implement of torture: the red-hot poker. But despite his reputation for savagery and generosity in equal measure, the sensitive, intelligent Harry yearns for something more than the rough and tumble of criminal life... As Harry tries to jump the counter into legitimacy, his story is told through the eyes of cash-strapped politician Lord Teddy Thursby, fading movie star Ruby Ryder, petty criminal Jimmy and young lecturer and radical criminologist, Lenny - each of them finding his blend of charm and violence leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
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Very faithful to Jake Arnott's book, this series follows London gangster Harry Starks through the 60s into the 70s. Lots of simularities with real life characters such as the Krays, Jack the Hat McVitie, Diana Dors (or is it Barbara Windsor?)and Lord Boothby and appearances by safely dead real persons such as Judy Garland and Johnny Rae. Excellent cast with good performances all round. But Mark Strong is perfect as Starks in a performance that holds the whole series together.