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Villains - The Complete Series

Bob Hoskins , Martin Shaw , Tony Wharmby , Derek Bennett    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Martin Shaw, David Daker, Paul Eddinton, William Warlowe
  • Directors: Tony Wharmby, Derek Bennett, James Goddard, Robert Tronson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00526PI7W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Bob Hoskins, Martin Shaw, Paul Eddington and David Daker are among the cast of this LWT crime series with a difference.

Villains follows the exploits of nine bankrobbers from the moment of their dramatic escape from imprisonment; told from the point of view of the criminals, the individual stories of the men, their accomplices, their women and the audacious heist itself unfold through each of the 13 hour-long episodes.

Nine men move into a disused ladies' lavatory and seal themselves in for the weekend. Then they tunnel their way up through the floor of a nearby City bank, and walk out clutching a third of a million pounds between them.

It seems the perfect job - but something goes wrong. Most of the men are subsequently caught and convicted. One year on, as the 'Bog Robbers' are being driven from prison to the Appeal Court, another ingenious plan is put into action.

It sees them going on the run, taking desperate, sometimes farcical measures to evade recapture, and finding time to reflect on their shady pasts and uncertain futures.

Product Description

Bob Hoskins, Martin Shaw, Paul Eddington and David Daker are among the cast of this LWT crime series with a difference. Villains follows the exploits of nine bankrobbers from the moment of their dramatic escape from imprisonment; told from the point of view of the criminals, the individual stories of the men, their accomplices, their women and the audacious heist itself unfold through each of the 13 hour-long episodes. Nine men move into a disused ladies' lavatory and seal themselves in for the weekend. Then they tunnel their way up through the floor of a nearby City bank, and walk out clutching a third of a million pounds between them. It seems the perfect job - but something goes wrong. Most of the men are subsequently caught and convicted. One year on, as the 'Bog Robbers' are being driven from prison to the Appeal Court, another ingenious plan is put into action. It sees them going on the run, taking desperate, sometimes farcical measures to evade recapture, and finding time to reflect on their shady pasts and uncertain futures.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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i had heard about this particular series some time ago and was glad to hear it had finally been issued on dvd.
it is a slightly different take on the subject of armed robbery and of criminals on the run: each episode is dedicated to one character who goes through the stages of being on the run, avoiding trouble at all costs and then finally having a chance to make good his escape or fail in the attempt. this is all well done and there is some brilliant writing and acting but the idea of having flashback scenes can become a bit confusing and also somewhat tiresome. however, this is still an enjoyable and gripping series, not to mention having a talented cast on hand with people like alun armstrong, bob hoskins, martin shaw, william marlowe, david dakar, paul eddington, timothy west included and other familiar faces.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good 19 Mar 2013
I recently bought and watched this series and it was really good. We were eager to get onto the next episode each night.

David Daker features in a number of episodes and plays a good part. David along with William Marlowe play the main parts, and Marlowe is particularly good also.
Bob Hoskins is perhaps the best known actor but his is the weakest episode.
Alun Armstrong's episode is particularly good with lots of on-loacation footage on the motorway network, as is Jim Norton's episode where he finds himself in a tricky situation and you wonder how he's going to get out of it.

Gwyneth Powell who played Mrs McCluskey in Grange Hill has a part in one episode which is very enjoyable.

At the time of writing, the price of the series is a bit steep (£35), but if you can get it for under £20 go for it, you won't be disappointed. The ending in particular came as a shock - gripping stuff!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of episode 6, "Sand Dancer" 3 Jun 2011
By Thain
Nine robbers tunnel into a bank from a ladies lavatory and make off with loot - though not as much as they expected. The infamous "Bog Robbers" are subsequently caught, but on their way to Appeals Court a year later they stage an escape. Each episode follows the story of a different villain on the run.

I bought this series for "Sand Dancer" starring a very young Alun Armstrong (all that curly hair!) as the sweet-natured "villain" Tel Boldon. Tel's only goal upon release is to get home to South Shields to see his girl Rita before he's caught again. His journey north is beset by misadventures and narrow escapes, including a lift from an amorous window dresser, a stolen stolen car, and an arrest during a demonstration against blood sports. He finally makes it to Tyneside for a bittersweet reunion with Rita amid the ruins of Tynemouth Castle and Priory.

Overall this is an enjoyable series featuring a number of fine actors in early roles, offering different perspectives of the nine villains and others in their sphere. "Sand Dancer" stands out as an absolute gem.
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