Anthony Head and Warren Clarke star as Maurice and Syd, two past-it criminals back from the Costa del Crime and looking for a quiet retirement in a Devon fishing village. And to be honest, we wished they’d stayed there. A plot that strained credulity which wasted some great actors means that we won’t be seeing the Invisibles again.
What was good about it?
• A very good cast had been assembled – Clarke and Head, Jenny Agutter, Dean Lennox Kelly, Paul Barber and Mina Anwar. It was a pity that the material wasn’t up to scratch.
• Maurice, sitting in his retirement apartment, spies one of those SOS-type alarm/intercoms on the wall – and is horrorstruck: “That’s the one Thora Hird was always lying next too! In those adverts!”
What was bad about it?
• The title sequence. Probably intended to be a knowing nod to the New Avengers or The Champions, a dreadful brass swing track and sub-Hustle visuals made our heart sink before it had even started.
• It was hard to believe that Syd and Maurice had ever been successful safe-crackers, as the opening scene of a failed robbery attempt painted Syd as bumbling buffoon with no idea about keeping a low, quiet profile. When the two ‘heroes’ immediately start to annoy you, you know you’re in for some painful viewing.
• Head’s cringeworthy speech to camera as he practices his safecracking, “I’m the best safecracker this country has ever produced. I’m Shakespeare, Bobby Moore and the Beatles!”
• Considering it was a comedy-drama, the two main characters were pretty unlikeable. Maurice was a miserable, cantankerous git, and Syd an idiot.