Channel 4, starts Mon 29 May, 9pm. Guy Ritchie's acclaimed BritFlick, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels was a godsend for Loaded readers everywhere. Slick, sexy, violent and witty, the film became synonymous with youthful, fast- paced vigour. Setting a new precedent in the loveable rogues category, it was followed less successfully by the likes of Plunkett And Mac/eane, Circus and Love, Honour And Obey.

Channel Four are taking a gamble that this new series based on the hit film, will win favour with the same audience and judging by the first episode, the odds are favourable. The feature-long ‘Lock, Stock And Four Stolen Hooves' is not entirely dissimilar from the original, co- written as it is by Guy Ritchie. Four lads dressed in immaculate Ted Baker suits are duckin' and divin' as you have to, in the mythical badlands of the East End. Their exploits are set to a suitably cool soundtrack and filmed in the same sepia tints with the familiar skewed camera angles and slick visual effects in place.

Where the original was criticised for being too much like a series of well-made advertisements in its episodic immediacy, the same can be said here. Through the course of the first episode, the Guinness ads and the Caffreys' ’Storm Brewing' commercial will come to mind. Despite it being derivative in style and storyline of the original film (that’s the point of the series after all), this is highly entertaining television. Awash as we are in bad sitcoms and dire dramas, Lock, Stock . . . is destined to be received as a breath of fresh air.

Producer Tony Wood was attracted to the project for this very reason. 'It felt very different from a lot of TV work available and it seemed like such a colourful


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opportunity,’ he notes. ‘It just looked like fun.’ David Caltagirone who stars in the series - along with fellow newcomers Scott Maslen, Shaun Parkes and Del Synnott shares his producer’s sentiments. ’l've always moaned about British TV and how rubbish it is and I've been wanting something to come along with balls. I hope this is it.’

Where some would argue that this is too dramatic a departure in both style and storyline from TV's standard fare, Wood is confident that Lock, Stock. . . , in following the fun-loving escapades of four Cockney geezers, will secure a dedicated audience. ’lt’s born out of the great British tradition in that it gives more than a nod to the Ealing comedies and Minder. From that point of view, I don’t think we are taking too much of a risk.’ (Catherine Bromley)

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