Gary and Martin Kemp take the viewer on an immersive journey across the UK in which they reveal who ran and who now runs gangland Britain.
00:00 – The Gangs of Manchester
A knife attack leaves a teenage gang member fatally wounded on an Edwardian Manchester street. Around a century later, in another part of the city, a man is shot dead attending the wake of his friend – the victim of another gang murder. For over a hundred years Manchester has had a deep-rooted gang culture. In this episode, Gary investigates the Scuttles – a gang that spread fear through the streets of Manchester over a hundred years ago. While Martin investigates the ruthless Gooch Gang who committed violence without a second thought. This violent gang was responsible for around two dozen cold-blooded murders and was active until only a few years ago.
44:40 – The Gangs of Birmingham
In the early part of the 20th-century racetracks became a battleground for gangs across the country. A Birmingham gang called the Brummagems was top dog and built up a criminal network extending far beyond their city. Over 80 years later Birmingham gangs were an even deadlier proposition and a drive-by shooting with a machine gun killing innocent bystanders shocked the nation. It stemmed from a sinister but juvenile gangland where guns were a fashion accessory and shootings were carried out in broad daylight. Brothers Gary and Martin look at the gangs of Birmingham, Britain’s second city, old and new, to see how gang crime has evolved and the steps are taken to tackle it. They investigate the stories of two landmark gang attacks and two courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to bring the culprits to justice.
01:29:41 – The Gangs of East and West London
Brothers Gary and Martin Kemp turn their attention to Britain’s capital. London has always had criminals. The biggest city in Britain is like a magnet to those wanting to make a bob or two – even if that means taking the law into their own hands. Since the 1900’s as many as 70 gangs have fought it out on London streets. The Second World War put pay to many of them but there was one vicious East End gang that kept alive even up to the 1960s though their origins went right back to the 19th century. Gary investigates the infamous Watney Streeters gang. A hundred years later a new wave of Asian immigrants had arrived in London. To protect themselves they formed gangs but it wasn’t long before protection turned instead to extortion and then massive drug smuggling. Martin looks into the ruthless and dreaded Toot Nung gang from Southall, West London.
02:13:16 – The Gangs of South London
November 1990, Reigate, Surrey, and an armed London gang ambushed a Securicor van carrying £750,000. But this time the police are one step ahead and are about to crack the biggest South London crime family since the Krays. In the 1920s a very different gang from the capital was controlling the streets of South London. Their leader, or so-called Queen, was Alice Diamond. Her gang of forty female thieves was the biggest shoplifting network ever seen in Britain. Eventually, Diamond would lose control and bring about her own downfall. Brothers Gary and Martin Kemp investigate two very different gangs, from two very different eras in Britain’s capital city – each competing for the same South London turf – and how they both lost their patch.
02:50:12 – The Gangs of Sheffield
In 2008, an illicit message sent from prison ignites a gang feud in Sheffield and a supposed traitor becomes a marked man. The gang is called the S3 – named after the postcode of their area. Violently territorial the S3 are at war with the rival S4 gang and become locked in a bloody vendetta. By 2009, police had a dossier listing 40 occasions on which the two gangs had opened fire on each other. Over 80 years earlier in the 1920s Sheffield was known as Little Chicago. A gambling gang’s brutal beating leaves a man dead and a community reeling as violence tears through the streets of Sheffield. A murder so shocking the police take unprecedented steps and call in a gangbuster. Brothers Gary and Martin Kemp investigate two very different brutal Sheffield gangs, one old and one new, and explore how they have changed and evolved.
03:32:04:15 – Most Notorious Gangs Throughout History
Gary and Martin compare gangs past and present, asking if they still make money and maintain power in the same way.
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