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Mad Dogs 2 – first episode review

Max Beesley, John Simm, Marc Warren and Philip Glenister

Review by Tim Carson

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren have been let off the leash for a second series of Sky’s BAFTA-nominated comedy drama Mad Dogs. Sky 1’s best original show to date returned for a second four-part mini-series on Thursday picking up exactly as it had left off and tripling Sky 1’s usual audience in the process.

When we left the four friends at the end of series one Baxter, Rick and Woody were about to drive off leaving Quinn to take the rap for the dead body of a dodgy policewoman floating in the pool of their mate Alvo’s luxury villa. And that’s exactly where we find them at the start of series two.

The arrival of a second dodgy policeman called Dominic, however, sparks the three into action and they returned to save Quinn, killing Dominic in the process. Things in series one were bad but now they are worse. With two dead police officers on their hands and who knows who else looking for them it’s time for the four to make a break for it.

And make a break for it they do. Of course, this being Mad Dogs rather than boarding a ferry for Barcelona as they intended they end up on one bound for Ibiza and their “escape” begins to spiral out of control. Especially when Baxter reveals he’s stashed the 3 million Euros of stolen drug money in the boot of their car.

It’s the catalyst for yet another heated debate between the four friends as they try and decide what to do. The answer is, as it has been throughout the show, the wrong thing which will, of course, lead them into more trouble as they try to find a way to “launder” they’re ill-gotten gains.

While the plot stretches credulity more often than you’d like it’s very easy to forgive as it’s so much fun to watch. You really just have to go with it and enjoy the ride. The cast is outstanding and watching Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren in action is really the joy of the whole programme.

They’re helped by the sharp dialogue which can shift from witty to gritty in an instant providing some deep laughs but also some darker, more emotional moments.

Exploring the friendship of the four pals while putting them through the wringer physically and emotionally means the show is destined for greatness. And as Sky has commissioned a third series we can sit back and relax safe in the knowledge that there are plenty more twists and turns ahead.

A welcome addition to an already packed Thursday night.

Mad Dogs series one reviews