Today: July 20, 2024

99-1: The Complete Series

Rating: 4/5.
Bottom line: Heavy on the grit and loaded with attitude.

Cast: Leslie Grantham, Frances Tomelty, Robert Stephens, Malcolm Storry, Nadia Sawalha.
Classification: 15.
Number of discs: Two.
Format: DVD.
Run time: 700 mins.
Language: English with no subtitle options.

Heavy on the grit, and loaded with attitude, 99-1 features Leslie Grantham (Eastenders) as Mick Raynor, a maverick undercover cop tasked with taking down some of the country’s most dangerous criminals. 

Created by multi-award winning theatre and TV dramatist, Terry Johnson 99-1 is a curious beast: a ‘90s drama whose tone and texture is unashamedly that of a 1940s Noir.

Going undercover as a bent ex-copper, Mick Raynor (Grantham) walks a razor’s edge as he infiltrates the organised crime and high-level corruption that lurks beneath the surface of the British establishment. Intent on landing the big fish, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a web of violence, lies, and deceit.

Running to two seasons (of six and eight episodes a-piece) 99-1 is very much the classic British crime drama. Think The Sweeny with a less catchy theme tune and snappier dialogue and you’re there. Only Raynor’s targets are less pimps, druggies, and low-lives and more gangsters with knighthoods, and money-laundering MPs…. which would seem to make this a timely re-release. 

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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