The consolidated audience figures for episode one of Left Bank’s latest drama Mad Dogs has come in at 1.61 million, making it the 17th highest rated programme ever on Sky1.

The psychological four-parter starring Max Beasley, Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marc Warren and Ben Chaplin also received rave reviews accross the board:

The Daily Mail: “It’s Sky’s best-filmed drama yet, with an edgy script, sun-drenched locations and great casting.”

The Radio Times: “[Mad Dogs] turns out to be both winning and convincing… Mad Dogs is the start of a brave new testoserone-led movement”

The Independent: “Sky might have bought the entire HBO catalogue, but this new homegrown psychological thriller is one of their best yet.”

The Daily Express: “It’s a cast list to die for. Any of the four leading actors could carry a drama on its own. But Left Bank has pulled off an enormous coup by recruiting all four of them for the same serial. Mad Dogs is a gripping four-parter”.

The Daily Telegraph: “With the sun-baked menace of a small-screen Sexy Beast, the psychological four-part drama Mad Dogs looks as though it means business right from the start…

The Daily Mirror: “…the first installment of the four part series presses all the right buttons. It has naturalistic performances, an effortless blend of comedy and sinister undertones plus rather more shots of Marc Warren’s bum cheeks than might be considered absolutely necessary. All good, in other words.”

Mad Dogs continues this thursday 24th February at 9pm on Sky 1 HD.