The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin Review: Noel Fielding's Hilarious Accidental Hero Charms In Historical Comedy

The Apple TV+ series is based on the real highwayman but has enough comedic spin to stand on its own. Read our review of the first two episodes.

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The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin

Critic's Ratings

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3.5

History,Comedy

Release Date

Mar 1, 2024
The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin Review Noel Fieldings Hilarious Accidental Hero Charms In Historical Comedy
The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin Review: Noel Fielding's Hilarious Accidental Hero Charms In Historical Comedy

About The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin

Not many would be aware of the lore of English highwayman Dick Turpin, but the historical series, The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin, loosely inspired from his life, spins a comedic yarn that is endearingly entertaining. Comedian Noel Fielding, who viewers may recognise from The Great British Bake Off, steps into the shoes of the legendary hero. The Apple TV+ series, created by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, premieres from March 1.

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin: Plot

Set in England 1735, Turpin, the son of a butcher, rejects his father's profession and sets off to make a name for himself. He stumbles across a band of outlaws, the Essex Gang, and accidentally ends up being the leader after he kills Tom King. From thereon, Turpin manages to survive and thrive as a highway on the strength of his na?veté and some blunders that end up going his way. The members of the Essex Gang end up having his back as well as Turpin manages to anger local lawman thief-taker Jonathan Wilde (Hugh Bonneville). With a price on his head, will Turpin manage to endure?

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin: Writing and Direction

The Apple TV+ series has been written by the creators, along with Jon Brittain and Richard Naylor with Michael Fielding. Michael, who is Noel's brother, also plays Dick's cousin Benny in the series. The humour in The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin stays flowing from the start to end as the historical comedy has no boundaries. It's typical British humour that both makes you chuckle and let out a loud guffaw at the complete absurdity of the situation.
Directors Ben Palmer and George Kane also frame the show as fast-moving comedy. The gags and joke land swiftly, viewers will have to keep up to catch them all. The show keeps in anachronisms from modern times; it's a period show in setting only.

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin: Performances

Noel plays Turpin as a lovable idiot and his treatment of the character in the series is a large part of its charm. Ellie White and Marc Wootton play members of his gang, Asim Chaudhary is Craig, the warlock in training, and Kiri Flaherty's Little Karen manages the local tavern. They are all delightful characters and Bonneville's thoroughly exasperated lawman is also appealing. At times, it does feel as if the ensemble cast is playing off one another. The lines seem like improv, when they could be directly from the script and that a credit to them.

The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin: Performances

Turpin's crazy escapades as he commits faux pas after faux pas and manages to turn into a stepping stone for himself are incredibly funny. The show also uses the smart narrative device of a writer Eliza Bean (Dolly Wells) tagging along to romanticise and turn Turpin's exploits into lore. The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin is an enjoyable detour into history. The original highwayman became a legend after his death, but this comic series manages to change his status in the modern era. The six-part comedy will stream weekly on Apple TV+ until March 29.
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