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Gangs Of London Has Finally Dropped On Sky

Gangs Of London Has Finally Dropped On Sky

The long-awaited gritty crime drama Gangs of London is finally available to watch.

Yep, if you've completed Netflix during lockdown, then you are in luck because this new series - which has been called a 'modern day Peaky Blinders' - has landed.

The nine-part original drama, which is a co-production with Cinemax, is billed by Sky as an 'ambitious, visceral, action-packed thriller' with family themes at its core.

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

Cole will also star alongside Sope Dirisu (Humans), Colm Meaney (Star Trek, Hell on Wheels, Layer Cake), Lucian MsaMati (His Dark Materials, Black Earth Rising, Kiri), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Suits), Paapa Essiedu (Press, Kiri) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (MatherFatherSon, Harlots, Sick Note).

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.

The hotly-anticipated series has finally landed. Credit: Sky
The hotly-anticipated series has finally landed. Credit: Sky
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"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."

Ahead of its release, LADbible caught up with the cast to talk about what fans can expect.

Explaining a bit more about his character, Joe Cole said: "I play Sean Wallace. He is the public school-educated son of the biggest gangster in the UK, Finn Wallace, who's assassinated at the beginning of the first episode.

"I'm thrown into the hotseat. I'm trying to find out who's killed my father, I'm suffering from a degree of PTSD from my upbringing in this gangster family, and I'm trying to get answers.

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"I'm also trying to put my stamp on this world and basically find my place - all the while unravelling these secrets and lies that have been told to me throughout my childhood, and trying to find peace with that."

The series has been called a 'modern day Peaky Blinders' and boasts some impressive fight scenes. Credit: Sky
The series has been called a 'modern day Peaky Blinders' and boasts some impressive fight scenes. Credit: Sky

And the 31-year-old revealed there was a surprise inspiration behind his approach to his troubled character.

He explained: "Eddie Hearn's father was extremely successful in what he did, and then Eddie Hearn had to kind of step in - and has almost achieved more with what he's done with the boxing.

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"And similarly with Sean, his father casts a huge shadow over him throughout the series, and it's his job to try and show who he is, and he has different ideas and different ways of doing things.

"He has different belief systems, which also change, and he's driven by incredible emotion. There's a sadness to him and an energy to him."

Cole stars alongside Sope Dirisu, Sean's ally Elliot Finch who, up until this point, has been 'one of life's losers' but has taken a keen yet mysterious interest in the Wallace family.

He told LADbible: "I think that one of the ways that Elliot wants to assert himself in the organisation is to become really useful to Sean.

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"He will bend over backwards and put himself in positions that Sean wants him to be in, in order to be useful, and then gain some sort of influence or reflective power from Sean in that way.

"And I think the situation that Sean finds himself in means there are fewer and fewer people he can trust, whereas Elliot will try to constantly prove himself as a way of getting closer to him. "

Gangs of London is available to watch now.

Featured Image Credit: Sky

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]