They were supposed to be a crack undercover team hand-picked by DI Beach to snare one of Britain's most powerful crime lords. Supremely confident of their success, he brought in a fly-on-the-wall documentary team to film their triumphs. Unfortunately the team manages to bungle and botch every aspect of the operation. Series Two found docu-soap stars, Beach and his hopeless team, reunited for controlled showcase operations - from traffic calming in Camberwell to perfume scams on the Costa Del Sol. But as the Good Guys struggle with the pressures of celebrity - nothing seems to go to plan. By Series Three, fame has gone to their heads. They appear on the front of magazines and demand their own Christmas show, complete with 'props' from their latest drugs bust. While, back at the station, Beach and his team add to the anarchy in a sorry tale of wrongful arrest, screwed-up surveillance, dodgy accounting and a visit from the - code-named - Jubilee Family.
An overlooked comedy gem.
- Operation Good Guys: Series 1 to 3 review by Shatner's Bassoon
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You rated this film: 5
'Operation Good Guys' has to be one of the most underrated, original and hilarious comedies of all time. This improvised spoof documentary revolves around a special police unit called 'Operation Good Guys'. To put into perspective just how ground breaking this comedy was you have to remember this was originally broadcast in 1997, four years before Ricky Gervais' spoof documentary 'The Office' and three years before Larry David's improvised sitcom 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. Although a critical success the series never really gained mainstream popularity, but to give the BBC credit they stuck with it for three series. Where as 'The Office' is very much based on clever observational humour, 'Operation Good Guys' just goes all out for laughs, and every single episode is full of them. Rude, crude, sometimes incredibly self-indulgent, and flying very close to the boundaries of political correctness, this is without doubt one of the funniest comedies the BBC ever made. If you're a fan of well acted, intelligent, witty, and plain laugh out loud comedy this is an absolute must rent title!
- Operation Good Guys: Series 1 to 3 review by JD
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You rated this film: 2
The series was a brilliant new idea. A spoof, police, eye-to-camera documentary. The structure is clearly loose, the main weakness possibly or possibly the acting. There are very funny moments (not many) and several scenes of comic greatness (a hold-all full of diarrhoea stolen in a snatch robbery, a commissioner holding a parcel of his own dead dog and a police driver reversing into a passer by) but most of it is poor, boring and even irritating.