Outlaws, Complete Series 1 [DVD]
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All 12 episodes from the first series of the British black comedy television drama, starring Phil Daniels and set in the less glamorous parts of the legal world. Daniels plays Bruce Dunbar, head of a shifty legal firm dealing in criminal law, who trains new employee Theodore Gulliver (Ray Emmet Brown) in his fairly underhand methods. While Gulliver, fighting Dunbar's influence, tries to do his job as best he can, Dunbar has his own problems, from clients who ransack his offices, to dealing with his self-abusive teenage daughter. Episodes are: 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'; 'TIC the Box'; 'Little Criminals'; 'The Value of Nothing'; 'The Soft Spot'; 'Sins of the Father'; 'Three Monkeys'; 'The Power and the Glory'; 'A Life of Grime'; 'Damaged Goods'; 'A Dying Breed' and 'The Decline of English Murder'.
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Series is probably too well written and really shows what Government policy over the past 20 years has done to the criminal justice system and how all the tinkering by politicians for votes has twisted the system into a shadow of what it is meant to be. Probably put too many noses out of joint in the higher echelons of society, which is why the second series was never commissioned, real shame.
A kind of 'Yes minister' type series for the legal system instead of politics. Excellent acting, excellent writing and i can't recommend this series highly enough!
I latched on to this series when it was first broadcast and loved it. The BBC for some reason (a conspiracy theorist might claim the establishment didn't like the content) moved it around and put it on late at night etc etc. So it did not get the audience figures it truly deserved.
Phil Daniels, in his autobiography tells how proud he was of this work, and how disappointed more programmes weren't made. So unless Channel 4 decide to take it up, you are left with one brilliant series to enjoy.
Buy it now, and enjoy it over and over. The more you watch it, the more you see the layers and subtlety.
It is sheerly brilliant.
An insight into the British justice system, far away from the smarmy Judge John Deed.
Just shows what soap actors can do with a better vehicle, rather like Hill St Blues.
Phil Daniels is a revelation, but for me the best performance is Annabelle Apsion as Custody Sergeant Elaine Ross, a work of human nature.
Phil Daniels is mesmeric as the grubby anti-hero who deals with the flotsam and jetsam tossed about by the legal system. Like an oafish Rumpole, he shows up the inequalities and illogicalities of the system while getting his clients off through every trick in the book.
Buy it, watch it and tell your friends how good it is.
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