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Gangs Of London Is The Most Violent Show On British TV With 113 Deaths And Torture Scenes

Gangs Of London Is The Most Violent Show On British TV With 113 Deaths And Torture Scenes

Sky Atlantic's Gangs of London has been a massive hit with viewers, becoming the most binged box set on Sky this year - and it's also been rated as the most violent show on British TV.

The crime drama, starring Peaky Blinders' Joe Cole and Colm Meaney, includes 113 dead body scenes in the first season.

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According to The Mirror, a total of 96 people are shot (most of them fatally), there are 30 stabbings and seven ­characters are strangled.

Gangs of London has been a huge hit with viewers. Credit: Sky Atlantic
Gangs of London has been a huge hit with viewers. Credit: Sky Atlantic

There are also 13 incidents of torture including a man entombed in concrete and a mother having her teeth and nails removed with pliers.

Before this, Game of Thrones held the title for being the most violent show but with just 48 deaths it seems PG in comparison.

Gangs of London is Sky's most binged show this year with 997,000 people choosing to watch as far as the ninth and final episode of the series within two weeks. This increased to 1.26m as the series pushes into its third week.

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There have been over 16.6m downloads across the series so far.

Credit: Sky Atlantic
Credit: Sky Atlantic

Cameron Roach, Director of Drama and Sky Studios, said: "We are delighted by the response to Gangs of London and to have brought Gareth Evans' unique cinematic vision to the small screen for the first time.

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"This epic saga, with family at its heart and visceral action-packed fight sequences has taken audiences on an immersive journey into the underbelly of London's modern-day criminal underworld.

"The record-breaking results are testament to Sky's ongoing commitment to innovation and championing the very best of bold, British drama."


Directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid), Corin Hardy and Xavier Gens, the gangland thriller features an ensemble cast - including Joe Cole, who's trading the mean streets of 20th-century Birmingham for London's contemporary criminal underworld.

Cole stars alongside Sope Dirisu, Colm Meaney, Lucian MsaMati, Michelle Fairley, Paapa Essiedu and Pippa Bennett-Warner.

The synopsis reads: "Set in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic and multicultural cities, Gangs of London tells the story of a city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that's created when the head of London's most powerful crime family is assassinated.

"For 20 years, Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) was the most powerful criminal in London. Billions of pounds flowed through his organisation each year. But now he's dead - and nobody knows who ordered the hit."

Gangs of London is available to watch now.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Atlantic

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Sky

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]