By Any Means: Episode 5.

Previously on By Any Means: Episode 4.

Well. After an interested reader has found their way to this blog by Googling, quote, “by any means is crap,” unquote, I might as well point out that I did not actually use those words in conjunction and in the right order. However, I might also point out that I wasn’t particularly happy with this episode at all.

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By Any Means: Episode 4.

Previously on By Any Means: Episode 3.

As the stakes of the game are raised, this is the one where everything goes wrong.

After two police officers were unjustly thrown out of the Met after dear Mr and Mrs Walker brought disciplinary charges of harassment down on their heads, Helen does that thing she does — marching out of court rooms with a determined look on her face — and tasks Jack Quinn and his team with bringing Bonnie and Clyde down.

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By Any Means: Episode 1.

Love Spooks? Love law enforcement officers in a grey area doing things they probably shouldn’t, working beyond the police, but with blessing of the ‘royal we’? Love Hustle? Love a good con pulled by smart grifters operating outside the rules? Tony Jordan, who co-created not only Hustle, but also Life on Mars, has presented the audience with an — at least for the moment — light-hearted mixture of the two genres.

Then you’re gonna love By Any Means. Last night’s first outing gained a topping 4.1m viewers, even though someone at the BBC decided it would be a good idea to put it in the same slot as the returning ITV drama Downton Abbey. Continue reading →

By Any Means — Original Drama Trailer

Warren Brown, Shelley Conn, and Andrew Lee-Potts star in this new BBC One crime drama — and again, after his impressive role in Good Cop, Warren’s character Jack Quinn might just be toeing the line here and there…

The first series premieres September 22, 9pm BST on BBC One. Tune in! (And whose stupid idea was it to pit this against Downton Abbey’s return on ITV?!)