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December 2, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd / Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Take," a British miniseries first broadcast in 2009 over Sky1, makes its way to these shores Friday via Encore, sister station to Starz. It adapts a 2005 novel by Martina Cole, a bestselling author in the U.K., who sets her stories in the London gangland; her books have a reputation for graphic violence and tough female characters. Every major character in "The Take," and most every minor one, is either a criminal, a retired criminal, related to a criminal or dating one, and as usual in gangster dramas they are distinguished within their shared badness by their taste, manners, self-control and capability for thought and thoughtfulness.
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