DVD: Mad Dogs (15)

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There's far too much exposition, a very daft plot, some risible dialogue and yet Sky's ripe four-parter is horribly compelling. John Simm, Philip Glenister, Max Beesley and Marc Warren's fortysomethings visit their old pal, Alvo (a swivel-eyed Ben Chaplin), at his lavish villa in Majorca. After treating them to lobster, his vast pool and the local nightlife he sets about verbally abusing them before, that is, a tiny Majorcan in a Tony Blair mask shoots him in the head, sending their jolly into a Lord of the Flies-like hell. It's extremely silly, but Simm and Glenister are always compelling and they make this gamey tale of gangsters, police corruption and "friendship" work.

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