TV preview: The Take on Encore

Jesse Tigges, Columbus Alive

Miniseries "The Take" premieres this week on movie channel Encore. The British crime drama (based on the Martina Cole novel) trades in an intensely dark tales along the lines of "Scarface" or "Goodfellas."

Set in London's East End during the decade-plus of Thatcherism, we follow Freddie (Tom Hardy), a recently released felon, as he looks to make his mark in the criminal world.

"The Take" is a fairly traditional - and ultra-violent - gangster story, but Hardy is incredible and repugnant as a by-whatever-means-necessary criminal. Brian Cox and Shaun Evans add sturdy supporting roles.

If any of Hardy's venom here is present when he plays Bane in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," we're in for another horrifying villain from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

"The Take"

9 p.m. Friday on Encore

3 stars