The Take

Transmission: Spring 2009

  • Sky One: 4 x 60mins
  • Producer: Willow Grylls
  • Director: David Drury
  • Executive Producers: Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Lavinia Warner, Helen Flint, Martina Cole
  • Adapted By: Neil Biswas
  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Shaun Evans, Kierston Wareing, Charlotte Riley

Freddie Jackson is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home, but has forgotten the rows, the violence and the girls Freddie can't leave alone.

Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal fester until everyone's life is infected. For the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. In their world everyone is on the take


The Take, Sky1’s most ambitious drama series to date, is electrifying. David Chater, The Times

Truly brilliant telly. Grazia Magazine

Thanks to a storming performance from Tom Hardy as the gangster in a hurry, this cocktail of extravagant violence, seedy sex and ongoing menace makes a gripping tale. Geoff Ellis, Radio Times

the drama zips along with great pace and benefits from a highly watchable young cast. Catherine Gee, The Daily Telegraph

Whatever the TV equivalent of a page-turner is, this is it. Jane Simon, The Daily Mirror

Here was a series that was entirely comfortable in its own skin, stretching the boundaries of gangland drama beyond the usual masculine thuggery. The Times

As Freddie, Tom hardy is absolutely terrifying, with a great supporting cast including Brian Cox as the Mr Big, Ozzy. JP TV Times


  • Broadcast Awards 2010
    Nominated, Best Multichannel Programme 2009