West Berlin, 1963. A young man picks up a familiar-looking pair of glasses from his bedside table to look at a beautiful woman taking a bath. Soon after, he picks up a newspaper, pausing to draw a moustache on a picture of President de Gaulle. The detail is rich, evocative and clear evidence of ITV’s determination that its engrossing new big-budget six-parter, The Ipcress File will both pay respectful tribute to the acclaimed 1965 film, but also find a fresh audience on its own merits.
Created by Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery, the first series followed the lives of the Wallace and Dumani families into London’s criminal underworld.
Following the death of gang leader Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney), his son Sean (Joe Cole) takes over the reins of the most powerful crime family in London as he seeks revenge on his father's unknown assassin.
High-end television drama has become ubiquitous. Even so, it’s unlikely that TV audiences have seen anything quite like Sky Atlantic’s new crime thriller, Gangs of London, a brooding, tense, cinematic tour de force that is most definitely not for the squeamish.
Finn's death leaves a vast power vacuum that his son Sean and allied family, the Dumanis, attempt to fill. But as they search for Finn’s killer while catering to the vested interests of all the gangs of London, the threat of all-out war between them lingers.
Here’s what we know so far:
Creator Gareth Evans (of The Raid franchise) will bring his trademark cinematic action to the small screen in this gang feud saga set in modern, multicultural London.
The series features Joe Cole of Peaky Blinders, trading in his Shelby colours for those of the Wallace family. As Sean Wallace, he takes over the reins of the most powerful crime family in London after patriarch Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) is killed by an unknown assassin.