By Any Means

Series 1 - Episode 1

By Any Means
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There’s a tough guy with a soft centre who has a Wounded Soul, a smart, wise-cracking woman and a young puppy of a computer nerd who can do anything with a keyboard. They work under the radar, in a dark, abandoned building catching bad guys that the law can’t tame. Are they cops? “It’s a grey area,” we are told, more than once. They catch these bad guys “by any means”, which we are also told more than once.

Every second of By Any Means is ridiculous, yet it’s well done and strangely likeable, a noisy brew of Hustle and Spooks with a dash of Charlie’s Angels. The trio’s boss Jack Quinn (Warren Brown) takes direction from Helen Barlow (Gina McKee), who is something important but we don’t know what. In the first episode she wants murdering thug Nicholas Mason (Keith Allen) behind bars. The trio aim to get him, yes, ‘by any means’.

About this programme

1/6. Thriller following a secretive unit that operates in the grey area between right and wrong, staying one step ahead of the criminals in an effort to bring them to justice. Crooked businessman Nicholas Mason is acquitted of murder - the latest in a string of crimes from which he has walked away scot-free - so Helen Barlow calls on her clandestine team to bring him to justice. However, the job is made more difficult when the trio - sharp and enigmatic leader Jack, straight-talking Jessica and techno-whizz TomTom - discover that their quarry is being fed information by a police officer. Can they identify the mole and catch their man red-handed? Warren Brown, Shelley Conn and Andrew-Lee Potts star, with Gina McKee and Keith Allen.

Cast and crew


Jack Quinn
Warren Brown
Jessica Jones
Shelley Conn
Thomas `TomTom' Tomkins
Andrew-Lee Potts
Charlie O'Brien
Elliot Knight
Nicholas Mason
Keith Allen
Paul Hollander
Martin Jarvis
Raymond Nash
Richard Lumsden
DI Matthew Dixon
Paul Thornley
Helen Barlow
Gina McKee
Stan Bond
John Henshaw
Miss Cummings
Bessie Cursons
Frank Reed
Jordan Long
Carl Warden
Andy Beckwith
Karen Mason
Jessica Ellerby
Anthony Cummings
John Webber
Mrs Cummings
Barbara Drennan
Michael Prence
James Norton
Judge Hall
Gregory Floy
DS Chris Henney
Ben Cartwright
Jason Turner
Josef Altin
Simon Enstone
Grahame Fox
Bradley Ford


Charles Palmer
Tim Key
Tony Jordan