ITV will debut The Walk-In, a new drama starring Stephen Graham, on Monday, October 3.
A former white supremacist and Hope Not Hate activist went undercover in a Neo-Nazi cell to stop the assassination of an MP. Jeff Pope’s television series dramatizes this true scenario.
What’s the storyline?
The Walk-In “focuses around Matthew Collins and his work to stop the radicalization of young white men before it begins,” according to the official ITV synopsis.
Collins completes this task by joining these groups, working as a mole, and providing information to the appropriate authorities. He received an email from someone claiming to be a Neo-Nazi group member one day in March 2017, almost a year after the murder of Jo Cox.
Actor Stephen Graham portrays activist Matthew Collins. You may recognize Graham from recent performances in Help, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, and Time, as well as from past parts in Boardwalk Empire and The Virtues. Graham is a prolific performer and a mainstay of British television.
Playing Alison is Leanne Best. Best is best remembered for his role in Ripper Street, although he has also acted in films including Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Four Lives, Line of Duty, and Star Wars. She had appearances in the Netflix series Young Wallander and the Channel 5 series Compulsion earlier this year.
As Nick, Jason Flemyng is cast. Prior to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Flemyng had roles in Primeval, Save Me, Black Mirror, and those mentioned above.
Who are the film’s writer and director?
Jeff Pope, who also wrote the scripts for A Confession, Stan & Ollie, and Little Boy Blue, wrote The Walk-In (which also starred Stephen Graham). He is now working on The Reckoning, the impending Steve Coogan-led Jimmy Saville movie.
Paul Andrew Williams, who has previously worked on A Confession, Murdered for Being Different, and Broadchurch, is the series director.
How do I watch The Walk-In and when?
On Monday, October 3, at 9 p.m., The Walk-In will air on ITV. After that new episodes will come every week.
ITV Hub will also offer access to the series.
The Walk-In has how many episodes?
The Walk-In has a total of five episodes, each lasting about 50 minutes. On Monday, October 3, the first episode will air, and on Monday, October 31, the last episode.
Does The Walk-In have a real-life basis?
It is, indeed. Matthew Collins, the persona created by Stephen Graham, is real and is currently a member of the organization Hope Not to Hate. Collins worked as an organizer for the National Front in the late 1980s before switching to informant status in the early 1990s. After his cover was blown, he spent a decade in Australia.
Collins collaborated closely with a neo-Nazi mole in National Action in 2017 to foil a plot to kill Labour MP Rosie Cooper. The Walk-In is about this topic.
Matthew Collins: who is he?
Collins has raised in Lee, south-east London, in a council estate, and his father left when he was five years old. In an interview with The Independent, Collins revealed why he became involved with local far-right organizations as a teenager: “For me, there was always this desire for masculine role models. We had wonderful female role models who handled all the cleaning, cooking, and carpet installation. However, there are no strong guys on our estate. I felt secure in the area to the far right. They raised me despite all the brutality that was present. At the age of 15, I have taken to the bars. I would be driven to clubs after being picked up in a car from home. They gave me lessons.
They spoke to me as if I were intelligent.
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Collins joined the National Front as the south London organizer, and at one point, he was mentioned as a prospective future leader. Along with participating in violent protests and riots with Combat 18, he also volunteered for the British National Party.
His pivotal moment came in 1989, when 40 men attacked mostly women, some of whom were pregnant and OAPs, in a planned attack on a library in Welling, south-east London.
He was cited as saying, “I couldn’t see what defending British democracy and free speech had to do with stepping on tiny old women’s heads,” by The Independent. The hatred was genuine. I soon realized that the entire goal was to ruin people’s life. The only way they could enact change was via violence. As I stood in the library, I observed individuals being given the finger for attending a debate and discussion. I came to the conclusion that I was wrong.
Collins got in touch with the anti-fascist periodical Searchlight and started providing it with secret material, which resulted in the arrest of important members of these deadly organizations. Collins was compelled to go to Australia for ten years starting in 1993 after his
deeds were discovered and threats against his life were made. In order to release the 2004 BBC documentary Dead Man Walking, he went back to the UK.
Collins has had to relocate three times throughout the years, and in 2019 he was attacked in a subway station. According to him, he has assisted in the imprisonment of up to 65 people. He admitted as much to The Guardian. There is a very lengthy line of folks who claim that I have screwed them over.
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