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24 September 2000 (UK) See more »
Dirty Tricks stars Martin Clunes, who plays an English tutor at an Oxford language school. Although Edward can be charming and thoughtful... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Martin Clunes ... Edward

James Bolam ... Moss
George Potts ... Root

Julie Graham ... Karen

Neil Dudgeon ... Dennis

Henry Goodman ... Thomas
Matt Bardock ... Clive Phillips

Fabiano Martell ... Massimo
Martin Marquez ... Garcia
Kanako Morishita ... Kayoko

Lindsay Duncan ... Alison

Anna Popplewell ... Rebecca
Neville Phillips ... Vicar
Robin Griffith ... Welsh Flunkey
Barbara Kirby ... Registrar
Phil Nice ... Businessman
Dafydd Hywel ... Ifor Lewis
Anthony Smee ... Defence Counsel

Julian Fellowes ... Prosecution Counsel
Peter Cellier ... Judge
Brian Abbott ... Language Teacher
Guy Smith ... Reporter

Antonio Gil ... Malagrenan Policeman (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
Arturo Venegas ... Malagrenan Judge

Directed by
Paul Seed 
Writing credits
Nigel Williams  screenplay and
Michael Dibdin  novel

Produced by
Jonathan Cavendish .... executive producer: Little Bird
Jonathan Powell .... executive producer: Carlton
Annie Rees .... associate producer
Jo Willett .... producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
John Kenway 
Film Editing by
Dave King 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton 
Costume Design by
Aideen Morgan 
Diana Moseley 
Makeup Department
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... makeup designer
Art Department
Gill Farr .... production buyer
Sound Department
Wayne Brooks .... sound effects editor
Roger Dobson .... sound editor
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Alan Sallabank .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bailey .... best boy
Jacob Barrie .... camera trainee
Adam Coles .... focus puller: a camera
Campbell McIntosh .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Allen .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Karoline Moser .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Tom Crooke .... location assistant
Other crew
Steve Barry .... assistant accountant
Mark Byrne .... production lawyer
William Dodds .... floor runner
Sarah Hannam .... production runner (as Sarah Hannam Davies)
Karen Jones .... script supervisor
Ceri Meyrick .... script editor

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Edward states that he learned French so that he could read "Thérèse Racquin" in the original language. "Thérèse Racquin" by Émile Zola is about an adulterous couple who dispose of the woman's husband so that they may be together, a close parallel to the story of "Dirty Tricks."See more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Classic Clunes, 22 April 2004
Author: Svlad_Cjelli from Australia

The polite dinner party question was "And why did you read languages?" And the answer from Edward the perpetual student of culture was "So that I could learn how to use language to conceal my real intentions."

Martin Clunes is at his best in this black comedy crime drama. The English excell at this kind of thing and this is a particularly good example of the genre. It should be pointed out to anyone who's seen Men Behaving Badly that here in Dirty Tricks we are prvileged to see Clunes display some amazing versitility. He's heartless, manipulative, lying, creative and utterly fascinating as the anti-hero of this piece.

Edward is a language teacher who has the class and culture to enjoy life but unfortunately not the funds. All this changes when he is invited to a dinner party by his employer's accountant. After his host's wife accosts Edward in the upstairs bathroom, things begin on a rollercoaster ride which sees Edward come into some serious money and some serious legal trouble to go with his new good fortune.

Edward lies and manipulates his way through the plot, his ability with language clearly coming in handy. The plot itself is simple but at the same time packed with elaborate detail. And the more detail there is, the more the viewer is drawn into the murky world of Edward's Oxford.

I confess to not having read the book on which this show is based, but having seen this adaptation I will be seeking out the book for sure.

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