Bruce Dunbar, the head of a shifty legal firm dealing in criminal law, tries to train new employee Theodore Gulliver in his fairly underhand methods. While Gulliver, fighting Dunbar's ... See full summary »
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2004  
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Series cast summary:
Phil Daniels ...  Bruce Dunbar 12 episodes, 2004
Ray Emmet Brown Ray Emmet Brown ...  Theodore Gulliver 12 episodes, 2004
Georgia Mackenzie ...  Sarah Beckenham 12 episodes, 2004
Annabelle Apsion ...  CS Ross 12 episodes, 2004
Craig Parkinson ...  Spinky Sutherland 10 episodes, 2004
Rebekah Staton ...  Janey / ... 10 episodes, 2004
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ...  DC Simons 8 episodes, 2004
Mike Woodhead Mike Woodhead ...  Clerk / ... 5 episodes, 2004
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Bruce Dunbar, the head of a shifty legal firm dealing in criminal law, tries to train new employee Theodore Gulliver 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. Written by Jan Mulder

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Thieves, Liars, Blaggers... and that's just the Lawyers

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Brief Lives See more »

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World Productions See more »
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(12 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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The shooting title for the series was "Brief Lives", as apparent from the cast featurette on the dvd. See more »

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23 January 2005 | by Bagpuss42See all my reviews

There's been quite a lot of nice stuff written about this programme, about how dazzlingly stylish and witty it is. Now that's all true, but what really makes it stand out is that it's probably the most accurate portrayal of the criminal justice system yet to hit our televisions.

Steve Coombes, the creator, spent a good deal of time hanging around police stations and magistrates courts so he could find out what happens and bring it to our screens. So what we have isn't your normal crime show's clever criminal gangs, but a succession of hopeless drug addicts and neglected kids. The big fish might occasionally show up, but are easily distinguished by the fact they get to walk.

Into this world are thrown a few characters: Dunbar, the cynical, amoral one; Gulliver, the idealistic rookie and Sarah Beckenham, the tough, ball-breaking career woman. So far so cliché, but the wave of coolness and comedy, not to mention the nigh-perfect casting, keep Outlaws from feeling tired.


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