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This review is from: Big Breadwinner Hog - The Complete Series/Spindoe - The Complete Series [DVD]  (DVD)
Hog is an upcoming gangster in latter 60's London and his disrespectful, dandy and cocky approach inevitably lead him to disagreements with the established underworld. However Hog is both ambitious and cunning, not to mention dangerous, which gains both interest and anger from two established firms. Soon Hog is poking his nose everywhere but with the leading firm trying to spring their leader from prison, a rogue hitman becoming a 'security' threat and the cops following the bloody tracks of all involved, can Hog's luck hold out in time for him to take "more, much more!". . .
Superb 60's tv crime series. Packed full of humour, double crosses, satire and violence. I didn't see this when it first came out because i'm not old enough ("Thank god, eh grandad!"), needless to say i thought it was brilliant.
The story is good, dialogue solid, the characters interesting, well acted (if a little melodramatically handled in some cases) and completely amoral. It's got a decent jazz score and the action (sometimes very nasty, considering its vintage) is frequent and fun. Its controversial past drew me to this but i have to say it's much better than you would think given its shady reputation and with Hog's slow dehumanisation by the actions of himself and the others around him, it hardly glorifies its subject matter and certainly deserves to be seen by a much wider audience. To anyone who enjoys decent crime drama this comes highly recommended. And although many of these followed it, it reminded me of some of the characters/situations from: Performance, Gangster No1, The Smoke series (Barling), The Sandbaggers and the novels of Ted Lewis!
The Network release, though varying in quality slightly, from episode to episode is a top package and well worth the brass!
As an after edit i would also like to add that Spindoe, the bonus series, is also an excellent bit of TV and easily the equal of Hog!