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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute series. Product delivered quickly and exactly as described.Published 2 months ago by J. Gehrig
Bought as a gift for my mom, though I have seen it as well, and she was pretty psyched about it.Published 13 months ago by Storm
"Return with me now to those thrilling days of yester years." TV Movies from the60-70's. When Winter storms of rain or snow arrive, slip on the couch with a throw blanket and the... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by halh
This is just a fun show. I enjoyed it very much and was disappointed that it only ran one season. I enjoyed all of the actors and how they had great chemisty. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by C. Larimer
The newspaper review of the Invisibles is why we ordered it, the critic reccomended it. We watched all episodes and enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by V. Campbell