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Review by:
David Butcher

Stephen Fry’s own company (Sprout Pictures, seasonally enough) made this amiable heist drama. Fry plays a bumbling professor of fine art who curates a Scottish bank’s repository of paintings. When the bank decides to sell them off, he vows to take revenge and ropes two pals into a devious robbery-cum-fraud.

It’s a gentle story with a romantic heart and a cast that includes Douglas Henshall, Lenora Crichlow (Being Human) and, almost stealing the show, Kenneth Collard, who produces the one big laugh.

About this programme

Bored millionaire Mike Mackenzie is a man with a broken heart and too much time on his hands. Incensed by wealthy patrons hiding works of art away in private collections, he and two close friends - a professor and a banker - devise a plot to swap priceless masterpieces stored in a gallery's warehouse with near-perfect forgeries. If successful, Mike will save the paintings and might just win back the love of his life, auctioneer Laura Stanton, who left him five years earlier. Thriller based on the book by Ian Rankin, starring Douglas Henshall, Stephen Fry, Kenneth Collard, Lenora Crichlow and Brian McCardie.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mike Mackenzie
Douglas Henshall
Prof Robert Gissing
Stephen Fry
Allan Cruickshank
Kenneth Collard
Laura Stanton
Lenora Crichlow
Calloway
Brian McCardie
Bruce Cameron
Elliot Cowan
Hate
Rab Affleck
Glenno
Paul McCole
Jonno
Jordan Young
Wee Martin
Raymond Mearns
Westie
Niall Greig Fulton

Crew

Director
Marc Evans
Executive Producer
Gina Carter
Executive Producer
Stephen Fry
Executive Producer
Ian Rankin
Executive Producer
Sandi Toksvig
Producer
Jon Finn
Writer
James Mavor
Writer
Sandi Toksvig
Writer
Mike Walden
Categories
Drama

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