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Old crooks, new crimes

Retired thieves take another crack at crime in this light-hearted British drama

Former crooks and fast friends Maurice Riley (Anthony Head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Syd Woolsey (Warren Clarke, Dalziel and Pascoe, Bleak House) are back in dear old Britain after 15 years of living off their ill-gotten gains in Spain’s "Costa del Crime." Now they’re ready to start a quiet new life in a quiet new seaside town. And Maurice’s wife, Barbara (Jenny Agutter, MI-5, Logan’s Run), is determined to make sure that’s exactly what happens.

But the local pub manager (Dean Lennox Kelly, Shameless) proves more persuasive than Barbara, and "The Invisibles" are soon back in business. After years of retirement--and, well, just years--do Maurice and Syd still have what it takes for a life of crime? Find out as a much-loved cast delivers six action-packed episodes filled with heists and hijinks. As the criminal competes with the comical, The Invisibles hurtles between drama and laughter, with entertainment the winner every time.


Head and Clarke have wonderful comic timing and even better chemistry. For light entertainment, you really can't do better than "The Invisibles." -- San Francisco Chronicle

So good, you find yourself wishing for more. -- Monsters & Critics

The Invisibles hurtles between drama and laughter, with entertainment the winner every time. -- Fort Bend Star

This gentle show is all personality and character. -- MSN Entertainment

Well acted, written, amusing, smart and really entertaining. -- Fulvue Drive-in

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  • Actors: Anthony Head, Warren Clarke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6KI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
Format: DVD
THE INVISIBLES was a crackerjack BBC comedy crime series that arrived in 2008 and is now hitting the shelves in DVD format. The whole run is only six episodes and, sadly, there won't be a second season.

My wife and I love these kinds of shows, kind of edgy with fun characters and snappy one-liners that you have to pay attention to in order to appreciate. And THE INVISIBLES had all of that in spades.

Anthony Head (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and Warren Clarke (DALZIEL AND PASCOE) star as Maurice Riley and Syd Woolsey respectively. They're retired thieves that were once at the top of the game. Called The Invisibles by the media because there was never a trace of them though everyone knew they were about, Maurice and Syd were never caught and chose to retire to a seaside Devon village.

The shows center on the relationship of the two men, the respective extended families, and the fact that they don't like growing older. Even though both of them have enough to live comfortably on, they both can't keep their minds out of the crime arena.

I really enjoyed the comfortable byplay between Maurice and Syd, as well as Maurice's wife Barbara (played by Jenny Agutter, SPOOKS). When Dean Lennox Kelly weighed in as Hedley Huthwaite, the son of the deceased third Invisible, things really started to cook. All six of the episodes turn on robberies and thefts, so there is plenty of action, but they all explore bits and pieces of the characters and their interactions as well.

The first episode really leaned into the relationship between Maurice and Syd and how they rely on each other. But Syd's son Joe gets crossways with loansharks and the Invisibles have to get back in the game to steal Joe's life and future back for him.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beau Yarbrough VINE VOICE on July 19, 2009
Format: DVD
It's hard to overstate how good this show is (well, except for the music, which is very BBC House Band), and should be an immediate grab for fans of Anthony Head at his very best, caper films or even stories like Lonesome Dove, focusing on aging heroes.

The basics of the show are strong on their own: Nationally famous burglars who have never been caught and who retired to Spain, return to England to be closer to family and friends in their 60s. It's not long, however, before they're back on the job. Like the best police shows, though, the capers are really just the backdrop for the meat of the show: The Invisibles relationships with their families. The show may feature burglars, but it's about growing older, dealing with adult children, dealing with old loves, dealing with being the person you want your children to know their parents as, and so on.

This is really Head's show. He may be beloved by Buffy fans, but he didn't get to do much other than be very English, and when they tried to give him more to do, his post-high school bachelorhood was awkward and somewhat directionless. Here, though, he gets free range with a character and story made to showcase his talents.

Head's Maurice (pronounced "Morris," in an English attempt to baffle American audiences) was the greatest burglar in England, the smartest man in pretty much every room and a man among men.
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The London newspaper headline on May 3, 1972, was "London Diamond Heists", a daring robbery by a gang that will become known as the Invisibles. These phenomenally smart and able burglars turned into superstars - and then 18 years ago they apparently vanished, never caught, never named, never prosecuted.

Now, it's 2008. We watch Babs and Maurice (pronounced Morris) Riley and their pal, Sydney Woolsey, move into the Harbor View luxury senior apartments. They had been living in Spain for 18 years, but Babs did not want to die in a foreign country. So they've moved back to England and this quiet Devon fishing village. And nobody will ever find out they are the remaining 2 members of the great Invisibles. That includes Grace, the Riley's 22 year-old daughter, who thinks her dad worked in a bank.

So keeping this secret is the big plan. But the guys didn't count on running into the child of their dead 3rd partner. They didn't plan on coming face-to-face with "Knacker of the Yard", a retired cop who chased them for the 8 years they were active. And they didn't plan on Syd's hapless son getting in trouble with loan sharks.

When Mo doesn't get home until 3 am, his beloved Babs is suspicious, "You promised me, Maurice, you'd never ever go back to work. No more crime."
Maurice: "And I meant it."
Babs: "Then you're having an affair. What's her name?"

That is just one example of the fun in this series. And there is a lot of it. In Episode 3, Syd totally loses his focus when he falls, again, for a woman from his past. Maurice rakes him over the coals for it. Then, in Episode 4, Maurice totally loses his focus when he falls under the spell, again, of the Iron Lady.
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