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Series cast summary:
Tim Guinee ...  Johnny Lazar 2 episodes, 1993
Danny Webb ...  Brian Duffield 2 episodes, 1993
Lennie James ...  Delroy Smith 2 episodes, 1993
Michelle Fairley ...  Nula O'Reilly 2 episodes, 1993
Jenny Galloway ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 1993
Graham Fellows Graham Fellows ...  Graham Redcar 2 episodes, 1993
Frank Grimes ...  D.C.I. Kelly 2 episodes, 1993
Steve Nicolson Steve Nicolson ...  D.I. Cloaks 2 episodes, 1993
Colin Wyatt ...  D.I. Shawley 2 episodes, 1993
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ...  Peter Moreno 2 episodes, 1993
Stephen Greif ...  Anthony Fratelli 2 episodes, 1993
Alex Norton ...  Haggis 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Aspel Michael Aspel ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1993
Johanna Benyon Johanna Benyon ...  Felix 2 episodes, 1993
Bridget Brammall Bridget Brammall ...  WPC Hind 2 episodes, 1993
Joe Dixon ...  Harper Knowles 2 episodes, 1993
Treva Etienne ...  D.S. Judd 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Gardiner Michael Gardiner ...  Superintendent 2 episodes, 1993
Cassandra Holliday Cassandra Holliday ...  Lucinda 2 episodes, 1993
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ...  Delroy's sister 2 episodes, 1993
Isabelle Lucas Isabelle Lucas ...  Delroy's mother 2 episodes, 1993
Ciaran O'Doherty Ciaran O'Doherty ...  PC Daws 2 episodes, 1993
Richard Ridings ...  Tommy Karr 2 episodes, 1993
Kevin Williams Kevin Williams ...  Alex Cornwall 2 episodes, 1993
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English

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6 July 1993 (UK) See more »

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More Of A Producers Triumph Than A Scriptwriting One
12 October 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I must lay my cards on the table and say that I have found Lynda La Plante the most overrated scriptwriter of the late 20th century . She's at best very average who was lucky enough to have often worked with Verity Lambert who is probably the greatest TV producer of the late 20th century . With a dynamic and ground breaking producer like Lambert at the helm it's almost impossible for something like this to fail , but the credit should be given to the producer or director , not the scriptwriter

COMICS opens with a young boy called Johnny Lazar seeing the fate of his mother to the strains of Stay With Me Baby . This sequence is grand , operatic and I promise a shiver will go down your spine when watching it . However as the next scene jumps forward twenty years to Johnny as an adult it becomes very clear that the opening sequence with its superb direction and great production values is very disposable and unnecessary

Johnny Lazar is now a stand up comedian in America but because of his attitude finds himself unemployable and on the run from loan sharks so he buys a one way ticket to London where he is witness to a murder . Again there's little niggling things about this script that jump out at you . Lazar can't find work in America but gets booked on Michael Aspel's chatshow . When did totally unknown stand up comics appear on Aspel's show I wonder ? Especially foul mouthed crazy guys like Lazar ? There's also a ridiculous resolution to the ending that involves a chase involving Lazar and the bad guy which had me screaming " Why didn't you jump out of the car you idiot ? " . The answer is simple of course - Because Lynda La Plante couldn't be bothered coming up a decent ending

It's said that if a movie's good it's because of the director and if a movie's bad it's because of the screenwriter . I wouldn't say COMICS is bad since it has a legendary producer ( Would DOCTOR WHO have been a success without Lambert ? , a high budget and a good director but I doubt it wouldn't have been made if it was scripted by an unknown writer


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