Mad Dogs – old tricks

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Tonight Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren reunite for more adventures in Mad Dogs (9pm, Sky1/HD). As you’d expect with such illustrious names, the offbeat, blokey drama series isn’t the first time they’ve worked together. We take a look back at some of their previous on-screen combinations.


John Simm/Philip Glenister/Marc Warren

Clocking Off

John Simm made a memorable appearance in the first episode of Paul Abbott’s drama series set in a textiles factory. As former HGV driver Stuart, he turned up 13 months after his family reported him missing, claiming to be suffering from amnesia – but was he? Not everyone was pleased to see him – factory owner James “Mack” Mackintosh (Philip Glenister), for one, took a bit of persuading to give Stuart his old job back while his friends and family tried to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

Glenister left the series at the end of the third run, but not before Marc Warren also popped up as PC Jason Woods.

State of Play

Simm was reunited with Glenister in another Paul Abbott-penned vehicle, conspiracy thriller State of Play. As crusading journalist Cal McCaffrey, Simm butted heads with Glenister’s DCI Bell, but it didn’t take long for the pair to realise that they stood a better chance of solving a case involving corruption, political machinations and murder if they worked together.

Warren, meanwhile, stole the show as Dominic Foy, a smarmy wide boy with an aversion to telling the truth – not an admirable trait in a key witness.

Life on Mars

His TV roles prior to the time-travelling cop drama were numerous, but this was the show that made Philip Glenister’s name. He burst into the public eye like a balled fist as hard-bitten 70s copper DCI Gene Hunt, challenging – and challenged by – John Simm’s nice noughties detective, Sam Tyler. For two mind-bending series they fought each other, crimes (often against fashion), and flashbacks.

But how many remember Marc Warren’s turn as dodgy casino owner Tony Crane? In the future, Crane is by Sam’s hospital bedside: set free after the case Sam built against him collapsed, he’s now taunting the detective and trying to kill him. Meanwhile, in the 70s he crops up in an investigation into a string of murders and a money-laundering operation. For once it’s Gene who wants to play it by the book and Sam who’s talking about kicking doors down and planting evidence…

John Simm/Philip Glenister


Simm and Glenister find themselves on the other side of the law in this crime thriller tinged with dark comedy. They’re part of an outfit aiming to steal a priceless jewel from a bank – but unfortunately, two other parties have the same idea on the same day… The police interrupt the raid but the emerald is nowhere to be found. It’s up to detective Kevin McNally (coincidentally, Gene Hunt’s former guv’nor, Superintendent Harry Woolf, in the second series of Life on Mars) to work out who took it.

Philip Glenister/Marc Warren


Marc Warren guested in the opening episode of Ray Winstone crime drama Vincent as Gary De Silva, a man who fears his wife is having an affair. But nobody could have predicted his reaction when Vincent confirms his suspicions… In the same episode, Philip Glenister made his first appearance in a recurring role as DCI David Driscoll, the man who stole Vincent’s (Ray Winstone) wife – allowing the private detective to empathise with Gary’s plight.

Marc Warren/Max Beesley



Marc Warren is best known as Danny Blue, the short-con artist who learned (well, sort of) to master his impulsive streak when he joined Hustle’s long-con gang. In second series episode Old Acquaintance, Stacie’s estranged husband, Jake (Max Beesley), also a former short-con artist, becomes a target for the gang, who plan to punish him for walking out on Stacie five years previously. But can they kid a kidder? And can Stacie stop herself falling for him all over again?