The Artful Codgers

On the 28th of January 2008, the head of one of Britain’s most elusive crime families arrived at court in order to be sentenced, together Olive, George and Sean Greenhalgh had become the most successful forgers in history. Their fakes ranged across all types of art and were so spectacular that one was even shown to the Queen of England.

Using police interviews and unseen footage, this documentary enters the Greenhalgh home and for the first time tells the families incredible story. Remarkably most of the fakes they had created were produced out their back in the garden shed, using tools that they had bought from their local DIY store, B&Q.

Welcome to the strange world of the Artful Codgers, the most unlikely master criminals the world has ever seen.

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  1. Remarkably talented guy! Makes one question the entire idea of beauty and skill and value of things. I understand how something from long ago makes it rare, but is it better? No, just more valuable.