Golden oldies’ comic capers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvd/Blu-Ray - Golden Years High Fliers, cert 12 DVD £17.99

THE Hatton Gar­den jewel rob­bery showed that the idea of a bunch of geri­atric crooks isn’t to­tally out­landish.

A star-stud­ded cast of vet­er­ans ap­pear in this slap­stick com­edy co-writ­ten by TV DIY guru Nick Knowles. With their pen­sions stretched and hard times threat­en­ing the clo­sure of their bingo club and bowl­ing green, some oldies turn to a life of crime. It be­gins with Arthur (Bernard Hill) steal­ing £50,000 from the build­ing so­ci­ety to fund treat- ment for his wife Martha (Vir­ginia McKenna) that the NHS won’t cover. One thing leads to an­other bank rob­bery as other oldies join their merry band. But, be­fore long veteran cop­per Sid ( Alun Arm­strong) is on their arthritic trail. Namean­oth­er­film about golden oldies. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Golden com­peti- tion. THIS is a sparky, funny and bold fam­ily film – made by a fam­ily! Writer/di­rec­tor Ken­ton Hall cast twin daugh­ters Hero and Scar­lett as Maisie andDaisy, two­girls makinga filmabout­be­ing12and­grow­ing up. Prob­lems from bul­ly­ing to boyfriends, over-anx­ious par­ents and over-con­fi­dent pals are dealt with, and al­most-teen girls will (prob­a­bly) laugh their socks off.

Which 1930s chil­dren’s ad­ven­ture has be­come a new sum­mer hit? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Sum­mers comp.

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