It follows the fortunes of a squad of officers, fronted by DI Jim Beach, who have been assembled to bring down a major crime lord.

Operation Good Guys - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1997-12-29

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Operation Good Guys is a British mockumentary series about an elite police unit's bid to snare one of Britain's most powerful crime lords. It was first screened on BBC Two from 29 December 1997 to 31 August 2000. It witnesses, on camera, the total breakdown, professionally and personally, of the Operation Good Guys team. Throughout the operation, The 'Good Guys' have an unfortunate habit of embroiling into their calamitous world some of the country's best-known celebrities, from actors and footballers, to TV presenters and even the odd ex-convict. It was created by Ray Burdis and co written by Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick and Dominic Anciano, although much of the dialogue was improvised by the actors. The series utilised the concept of a mock documentary capturing the truths of a workplace four years before the notion reached fame in The Office. However, this mockumentary style was watered down slightly when a laugh track was added for the second and third series. The series was awarded the Silver Rose for Best Sitcom and the Prix de la Presse, voted for by the International Press, at the Montreux Golden Rose Festival.

Operation Good Guys - Cast - Netflix

The actors involved include: D.I. Beach (David Gillespie) D.S. Raymond Ash (Ray Burdis) Sgt Dominic de Sade (Dominic Anciano) Kim Finch, alias “Boo Boo” (Kim Taylforth; series 1 only) “Bones” (Perry Benson) Gary Barwick (Gary Beadle; series 1 & series 2 episodes 1 and 4 only) “Strings” (John Beckett) Mark Kemp (Mark Burdis) Accountant Roy Leyton (Roy Smiles; series 1 and episode 5 of series 2) Bill Zeebub (William Scully, QGM, present in the first series as a background character; brought to the fore more in series two and three), Smiler McCarthy (Hugo Blick; series 1 only, Hugo Crippin series 2 episodes 1, 2 and 6, & Narrator series 2 and 3). There were three series produced, which featured guest stars including David Seaman, Jude Law, Sean Pertwee, Jonny Lee Miller, gangster “Mad Frankie” Fraser, ex Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, Denise van Outen and Donna Air.

Operation Good Guys - References - Netflix