Episode One
Series 1 Episode 1
BBC transmission date Sun 22 Sep 2013
Duration 60 Minutes
Director Charles Palmer
Producer Tim Key
Writer Tony Jordan
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Drama following a clandestine unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game, existing in the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice.

Led by the sharp and elusive Jack Quinn, alongside straight-talking Jessica Jones and digital whizz-kid TomTom Tomkins, this brilliant team will stop at nothing to catch the criminals. Receiving their target from the mysterious Helen, they weave a web of cunning and deception to deliver their unwary targets into the arms of justice.

When an innocent family is terrorised and their father murdered in cold blood, everyone knows that ruthless criminal Nick Mason is behind it. But when Mason, the 'Teflon Man', walks free from his trial - the third time in five years he has evaded justice - Helen calls on Jack Quinn and his team for help. Convinced Mason has at least one corrupt police officer on his payroll, Helen wants Jack to take Mason down and get him off the streets.


Brand-new crime drama series By Any Means follows a clandestine unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game. Working in the shadows, the maverick team inhabit the grey area between the letter of the law and true justice. In the first episode of the series, the team, led by Jack Quinn, are brought on board by their mysterious handler Helen Barlow when infamously crooked businessman Nicholas Mason, is acquitted of robbery and the murder of an innocent man, due to lack of evidence.

Although Mason never gets his hands dirty, Helen knows that he is behind the crime – and countless others. Jack is determined to bring the elusive criminal to justice with the help of his team, sassy Jessica Jones and tech genius Thomas Tomkins.

However, their job is made even more difficult when it’s revealed that a police officer appears to be feeding Mason information. Will the team be able to find Mason’s weakness and catch him red-handed? And will they be able to uncover which officer has been playing for both teams?


Jack Quinn Warren Brown
Jessica Jones Shelley Conn
Thomas 'TomTom' Tomkins Andrew-Lee Potts
Charlie O'Brien Elliot Knight
Nicholas Mason Keith Allen
Paul Hollander Martin Jarvis
Raymond Nash Richard Lumsden
DI Matthew Dixon Paul Thornley
Helen Barlow Gina McKee
Stan Bond John Henshaw
Miss Cummings Bessie Cursons
Frank Reed Jordan Long
Carl Warden Andy Beckwith
Karen Mason Jessica Ellerby
Anthony Cummings John Webber
Mrs Cummings Barbara Drennan
Michael Prence James Norton
Judge Hall Gregory Floy
DS Chris Henney Ben Cartwright
Jason Turner Josef Altin
Simon Enstone Grahame Fox
Child Bradley Ford