If you missed Gangs Of London season one, then stop messing about and go and watch it now. Big, violent, blood-soaked, swear-filled, ambitious and compelling, it is up there with shows like Reacher, in that it makes you stop and be glad that somebody, somewhere is still making TV like this among the dross we are otherwise being served up.
Gareth Edward’s (The Raid) BAFTA-winning show was shown on Sky in the UK and on AMC in the US. It is now available on Amazon Prime.
The first season followed the Wallace family as they dealt with the death of their patriarch Finn (Colm Meaney), formerly the head of London’s most powerful crime group, whose assassination sent shockwaves through the city as son Sean (Joe Cole) took over.
The death of Finn means the city starts to fracture as everyone from Kurdish Freedom Fighters and the Pakistani Drug Cartel to Welsh travellers start to pull in different directions. And did the spark that lit the fire actually come from closer to home?
Cross and double cross led to epic amounts of bullets and blood flying as Evan’s brought his sensibilities from The Raid to the story.
According to the blurb, we can expect more of the same for Season 2:
“One year after the death of Sean Wallace and the violent reckonings of series one, the map and soul of London has been redrawn. The surviving Wallaces are scattered, the Dumanis broken and estranged, and Elliot is now being forced to work for the Investors.
As the Investors look down on a city sliding into chaos they decide enough is enough and bring in reinforcements to restore control. Old favourites and new players fight back against the new order, forcing sworn enemies to work together and family members to betray each other. Who will win the battle for London’s soul?”
Gangs of London was Sky’s most binged premiere box-set this year and their biggest original drama launch on Sky Atlantic since Game Of Thrones.