Follows two boys who are the least likely to survive in a young offenders' institution.






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Series cast summary:
Elis James ...  Luke 6 episodes, 2015
Kadiff Kirwan ...  Jason 6 episodes, 2015
Cariad Lloyd Cariad Lloyd ...  Dawn 6 episodes, 2015
Theo Barklem-Biggs ...  Marcel 6 episodes, 2015
Ricky Champ ...  Creg 6 episodes, 2015
Selom Awadzi ...  Daz 6 episodes, 2015
Ed Kear ...  Black Elton John 5 episodes, 2015
Jamal Hadjkura Jamal Hadjkura ...  Isaac 5 episodes, 2015
Lashana Lynch ...  Gemma 5 episodes, 2015
Naomi Cooper-Davis ...  Bev 4 episodes, 2015
Samuel Gomes Da Silva Samuel Gomes Da Silva ...  Esteban 3 episodes, 2015
Tracy Ann Oberman Tracy Ann Oberman ...  Governor Riley 2 episodes, 2015
Kola Bokinni ...  Lewis 2 episodes, 2015
Ryan Bullman Ryan Bullman ...  Massive Steve 2 episodes, 2015


Crims follows straight-laced Luke, played by stand-up comedian Elis James, and Jason played by Kadiff Kirwan, who both make their TV acting debut. Luke inadvertently finds himself sentenced to two years in Young Offender Institution Sunnybank View after becoming a bank robber's getaway driver, along with the bank robber in question, his girlfriend's brother and so-called friend - Jason. To make matters worse he has to share a cell with Jason. Luke will have to rely on Jason's street smarts to get him through. Unfortunately, Jason is a massive idiot.

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This was Elis James' first big acting job but it was unfortunately short-lived due to his radio co-host John Robins jokingly calling it "crimes" on air. This caused #crimes to trend on Twitter while #crims was nowhere to be seen. The BBC took this as a sign that not even fans of James were taking the show seriously and they cancelled to show after 1 series. James and Robins are now friends again and hosting a new radio show together as of 2020. See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #20.14 (2015) See more »

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Fresh ready brek to old-school Porridge
18 February 2015 | by danny-e-mills-242-149714See all my reviews

I'm a connoisseur of British Comedy and whilst 'Crims' isn't a big- league puncher it's fresh, snappy writing and high gag-count keep it rolling on and enjoyable. Kadiff (as Jason) gets all the gags and is the nice-but-dim foil to Elis' 'wrong place wrong time' bemused Luke and the support cast is solid. The show creates it's own comedy language - frequently self-referential - to good effect (in trying not to reveal a planned escape route, Luke corrects himself from 'garden' to 'farden' - thinking this is an actual word, as a snappy riposte, Jason later uses the phrase 'I beg your farden?'). This is very much 'you had to be there comedy but I think that's the best kind. The show relies un-self- consciously on standard tropes but makes the intelligent but subtle nuances count. In other ways, blunt word play makes for simple but effective laughs (In his benign ignorance, Jason proclaims 'I'm not an igno-rapist!').

Definite potential to improve but enjoyable as it is.

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