Thieves Like Us based on The Burglar Diaries

Thieves Like Us takes BBC Three viewers into a comedy underworld where dishonesty is the best policy and petty crime pays – but only just enough to cover the rent and buy a pint.

Bex and Ollie are a couple of small-time crooks making their living by lifting and shifting stuff from warehouses, shops, offices – pretty much anywhere they can really.

They’re not your big-time bank robbers – they prefer low-risk raids from companies big enough to survive the loss of a few wide screen TVs. The not-so-dynamic duo are aim-low, live-low crooks with a conscience and that suits them just fine.

Away from the various schemes, scams and bungled burglaries that constitute their day jobs, Bex and Ollie seek some form of domestic bliss with their long-suffering girlfriends Mel and Belinda, two girls who understand the true meaning of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man – and for some unknown reason they do.

Bex is played by Tom Brooke, Ollie by Fraser Ayres, Mel by Jessica Harris and Chereen Buckley plays Belinda. The cast also includes Gary Beadle as Weasel, David Bradley as Electric and Andrew Buckley as Roland.

Thieves Like Us is a BBC Production written by Danny King based on his acclaimed novel, The Burglar Diaries.

Thieves Like Us premieres online on Sunday 15 January 2007 on bbc.co.uk/three.

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