In the Midlands, two men and a boy are on losing streaks: Richard has a dead-end job, and his wife leaves him because he’s inattentive and has a juvenile obsession for 11th-century battle reenactments. His best friend Julian still lives with mum and divides his obsessions between Vikings and Star Trek. Then there’s Richard’s son Martin, picked on at school in part because of his father’s hobby. Richard vows to win back the heart of his ex, Julian may have met someone online who shares his interests, and Martin wants to stand up to bullies. All get bad advice, which they act on. Is there any hope for any of them?
Albert Pierrepoint delivered groceries – and was a hangman. Following in his father’s footsteps he quickly became known for his efficiency and compassion, rising to become ‘the best in the land’. From early 1933, until the end of his career in 1955, he executed 608 people, including the ‘Beasts of Belsen’ (war criminals), for which he earned the gratitude of a nation. But by the time he hanged Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain, public sentiments had changed… and so had Pierrepoint.
Two criminals, Vic and Danny, kidnap Alice Creed. They fastidiously set-up an apartment building and handcuff Alice to the bed, all in a careful attempt to make sure that she won’t escape and they won’t get caught. But what do Vic and Danny really want with Alice? And is Alice cunning enough to foil their plans and escape?
Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?