Crims. Image shows from L to R: Luke (Elis James), Jason (Kadiff Kirwan). Copyright: BBC


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2015
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom series about a young man sentenced to two years in prison with his girlfriend's idiot brother. Stars Elis James, Kadiff Kirwan, Cariad Lloyd, Ricky Champ, Lashana Lynch and more.

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Crims dropped by BBC Three

BBC Three sitcom Crims has been dropped after just one series, the broadcaster has confirmed.

British Comedy Guide, 8th May 2015

Crims review

This brand new sitcom has proven itself to be highly original, witty and accessible, and I hope there are more series to come.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 10th February 2015

TV Review: Crims, BBC3, Episode 2

I'm quickly developing a bit of a soft spot for Crims. The new prison-based sitcom does not exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to the genre, but there is definitely something fresh about it which makes it very watchable.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 17th January 2015

If you like that joke [about masturbation], then you'll enjoy the wanking rota in Crims. This new sitcom is set in a young offenders' institution where Luke and Jason (Elis James and Kadiff Kirwan) have lately been banged up. The main joke is that Luke, wrongfully imprisoned, is eager to stay out of trouble but can't help incurring the wrath of both staff and inmates while also worrying about his faithless girlfriend. James is a likeable presence, and despite looking about 10 years too old for the role, finds different ways to play panic, fear and anxiety.

The script is by Adam Kay and Dan Swimer, whose basic premise has more going for it than Cockroaches and yet, with the fusillade of gags about bodily fluids, body parts and sexual incontinence, it feels as if the bar has been set too low. It's no excuse pinning the blame on the BBC Three demographic. This was the channel which proved with Gavin & Stacey that it knows how to involve organs not located in the underwear region, such as the brain and the heart. Winston Stanley Fletcher can rest easy in his grave.

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk, 13th January 2015

Before Crims aired on Thursday, several people had been tweeting about how good it was so my expectations were high. Imagine my disappointment then that this sitcom, set in a young offender's institute, was both clich├ęd and unfunny.

Crims' story focuses on mild-mannered Luke (Elis James) who finds himself locked up at Sunnybank View after unwittingly acting as the getaway driver for his girlfriend's dim-witted brother Jason (Kadiff Kirwan). I found it very hard to believe that Luke would be convicted alongside Jason and from then on things just got worse.

Nothing had been done to make the characters any different from those seen in previous prison comedies as we had the snitch, the inmate who could smuggle anything into the institution and of course Sunnybank's tough man Marcel (Theo Barklem-Biggs).

The jokes, if you can call them that, were repetitive at best, as Jason kept getting Luke into scrapes that meant he was always being beaten up or embarrassed in front of the guards.

I personally feel that the most annoying element of Crims was the character of Jason and in particular Kirwin's awful performance. Although Jason is meant to be a bit annoying, his manner is so irritating that you fail to believe that this sort of person actually exists.

At times I found myself winding the programme along just so I didn't have to watch another excruciating scene featuring one of the worst comedy characters in recent memory.

The presence of Ricky Champ, from the brilliant Him & Her, as the head guard just reminded me how good BBC Three sitcoms can be.

Whilst not as painful as Some Girls, Crims was still a hard show to sit through and I wonder why the usually reliable BBC Three took a punt on this rather annoying sitcom.

Matt Donnelly, The Custard TV, 11th January 2015

Radio Times review

Luke (Elis James) finds himself banged up for a two-year stretch in a young offenders' institute after his girlfriend's idiot brother Jason (Kadiff Kirwan) shanghais him into a bank robbery. Guess who's his cellmate.

This isn't Porridge. It's a sitcom set in a prison, yes, but it's younger, less weary and, frankly, less funny. Yet it's not without its charms. Luke isn't the only innocent in this prison, with proceedings having the childish air of the playground, rather than terrifying air of the exercise yard. Emphasis is on the youths, not the offenders. It's a deceptively clever approach to a difficult subject, and is perfect for Elis James's laconic, put-upon schtick.

Jonathan Holmes, Radio Times, 8th January 2015

Why new BBC Three sitcom Crims is worth your time

On the surface, Crims is full of the kind of gross gags that The Inbetweeners was famous for. But thanks to Elis and Kadiff's onscreen chemistry, there's warmth here as well.

Jake Laverde, Den Of Geek, 8th January 2015

Crims review

Based on one episode, which is always tricky for a sitcom where characters are not yet established, Crims feels like a sitcom that doesn't fulfil its potential, but has more positive indicators than negative ones, and will be worth a second look.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 8th January 2015

On the set of Crims, BBC3's new prison comedy

From Porridge to Steptoe, TV comedy loves an odd couple stuck at close quarters. So this new sitcom about a couple of chalk'n'cheese cellmates - featuring a Twilight-loving gang boss and an ex-Doctor Who - could be in for a long stretch.

Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 7th January 2015

TV preview: Crims, BBC3

There were early reports - by me probably - that this was going to be a Porridge for the new Millennium. It isn't, of course. If anything it takes its cue more from Scum.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th January 2015

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