Critical Condition: Hatton Garden

Hatton Garden | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday

☆☆☆ “Say what you like about crime, but it is an equal opportunities line of work, as we see in the entertaining and highly addictive Hatton Garden, the latest take on this celebrated heist, stripping out over the next three evenings on ITV. Executed by a group of greedy old men in a hurry over the Easter weekend in 2015 – I  think the eldest was 76 – the heist was essentially a case of ‘Larceny of the Summer Wine’.” — Independent.

☆☆☆ “We know what happens next in the story of the £14m diamond heist, but the compelling script and the comedy of ageing crims are well worth returning for … If only the real robbery had this attention to detail.” — The Guardian.

☆☆☆ “Although we have waited two years for this drama because of legal reasons, it was splendid in a downbeat, understated, attention-to-detail way. I liked that the drama didn’t romanticise them into cor-blimey loveable rogues, instead showing us cantankerous, selfish, petty, stubborn and rather nasty criminals who bickered like children over who would sit in the back of the van.” — The Times.

☆☆☆ “The drama did a good job of sustaining tension when we all know that they got away with the burglary until someone blabbed about it down the pub. You just can’t get the staff any more. The acting was superb, too, although I’ll never quite get used to the thinner Timothy Spall: he looks like he’s missing about 30 per cent of himself.” — The Telegraph.

☆☆☆ “There are parallels with Spall’s role in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. In that, the blokes bickered in a van while searching for jobs in West Germany, while this time they bicker about whether their phones can be traced by police. It’s not as shambolic as Four Lions but there is as much bumbling. You have to concentrate or it’s easy to get lost, but it’s a promising start.” — Evening Standard.

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