Monday, 14 October 2013 20:46

LWT‘s Crime Anthology Villains


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Villains is a little gem from 1972, created by Andrew Brown ( co-creator of Manhunt, writer for Armchair Theatre, producer of Prick Up Your Ears, Selling Hitler) aired and commissioned by London Weekend Television.  It is a story about nine criminals who plan and carry out a heist on a bank, it is not ‘the normal’ bank raid, heavies armed with sawn off shot guns screaming at petrified bank tellers to fill the bags and no one will get hurt. No, instead they plan what they believe will be the crime of the century, to tunnel into a bank in London’s EC1 area via a disused ladies toilet over the weekend. With meticulous planning and an array of professionals in their field, the criminals think they will walk away with a windfall that shall set them up for life.  A new life abroad, Spain, Portugal, South America, anywhere other than Old Blighty. 
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Monday, 16 January 2012 17:45

Top Five British Gangster Films

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The British gangster movie, tales of no messing geezers, who conduct shady deals whilst evading the long arm of the law. Fellas who like to have a drink with the lads, buy their mothers flowers and have a bit on the side.
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Filmed as the Thatcher-led Conservatives took power in this country, and at a time when gritty Euston Films productions filled our TV with images of violent and corrupt London, The Long Good Friday is the rawest, most energetic gangster picture since the heyday of Cagney and Bogart. Indeed, while Barrie Keeffe’s screenplay could certainly be described as neo-Shakespearian, the ‘downfall of a mob boss’ concept would be equally familiar to fans of Tommy-gun operas from the rain-soaked Warner Bros. circa 1931. A  matter compounded by the perfect casting of Hoskins in the lead role of Harold Shand -
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:56

Chris Wade - On His Malcolm McDowell Book

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ZANI - How did you first discover Malcolm and what qualities does he have that makes him appeal to you?

Chris Wade - Well the first film I saw Malcolm in was Royal Flash because funnily enough I used to collect Bob Hoskins films. Actually Hoskins is a great actor, but that’s beside the point now. Hoskins had a small part in it. But when I saw Malcolm as Flashman, I just thought now there’s an actor I knew he was in Clockwork Orange but all the images of that film, the eyelash, the rape and all that, use to scare me when I was a kid. Besides it was still banned in the UK then.

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