During the swinging sixties in London, there was only one crime boss in Soho that mattered: the indomitable Harry Starks. With a reputation for savagery and generosity in equal measure, Starks ruled central London with a coercive fist and his favourite implement of torture: the red-hot poker. Based on Jake Arnott's best selling novel, which combines fact with fiction, this is a retrospective tale of criminality in the 1960s through to the 1980s; told from the view of four characters as they encounter the menacing Starks. From the penniless Lord with a predilection for young boys to a fading film actress desperate to make ends meet, from an out-of-touch minor crook to a disillusioned criminologist - Starks leaves his indelible mark on them all. But Starks is no regular gangster - he's an intelligent, complex Judy Garland loving man who yearns for something more than the rough and tumble of criminal life.
During the swinging sixties in London, there was only one crime boss in Soho
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“Superb crime drama based in the 60's and 70's gangland Britain. The story is the first of the Jake Arnott trilogy, lets hope the bbc make the other 2 sometime soon. The books are also well worth a read. A famous cast including Derek Jacobi (Gladiator) make this a must own dvd.”
From: Mark Ellison
“Five stars for a fantastic production of Jake Arnott's sixties gangster drama. Unfortunately one star for the extremely poor picture quality of this DVD. The picture is very grainy and almost unwatchable in the low lit scenes (of which there are many). Please can we have a better quality transfer, BBC?”
From: Scott Ainsley