1 9 8 8 (UK)
5 x 60 minute episodes
Set in the high-energy style-conscious London of the 1980s, The Fear depicts the rise and fall of ambitious young Armani-clad thug Carl Galton (Iain Glen) as he leads a group of young criminals from Islington, North London, to move in on the territory of some old-school East End gangsters.
Carl’s philosophy is simple. He does not mean to end up a lachrymose drunk like his father. He does not intend to whinge and sign on. He intends to take what he wants – and one of the things he wants is revenge for the death of his brother, who was killed by the son of Chalker, an ageing crime baron.
He uses violence with heartless precision to achieve his desired ends.
Carl’s abused wife Linda was played by Susannah Harker, and Anthony Valentine appeared as Tony Slater, the Mr Big.
The five-part gangster serial was produced by Euston Films for Thames Television. The company took a lease on a building – formerly a furniture factory – on Holloway Road as its production base.
With approximately 65 people in the crew – not counting the cast – The Fear required a large amount of night filming. With a London summer only offering five hours of darkness a night, a 7.00 pm call was not unusual, with a 5.00 am wrap.