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Magic Majestic 

"Magic Majestic" is an episode of New Tricks starring Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, and Amanda Redman. At Brian's insistence, the UCOS team investigates a bizarre case from ten years before where a hypnotized woman subsequently killed her husband. Although the woman, Katie Briers, was found ... See full summary »

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... Brian Lane
... Jack Halford
... Det Supt Sandra Pullman
... Gerry Standing
... Brandon Skye
... Guy Carse
... Lulu Questor
... Katie Briers
... Clive Burgess
... Dr Neville Moroni
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At Brian's insistence, the UCOS team investigates a bizarre case from ten years before where a hypnotized woman subsequently killed her husband. Although the woman, Katie Briers, was found not guilty, the magician in question, Billy Carse, had his career ruined. Carse is now dead but as Jack examines the script used to hypnotize the woman, he realizes that there were subliminal messages throughout that led her to kill. The question is who planted the messages and why. They focus on Carse's rival, Brandon Skye. Meanwhile, a disbelieving Gerry allows himself to be hypnotized to prove it can't be done, but afterward no one will tell him what happened. Written by garykmcd

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Sam Kelly played the part of Dennis Waterman's chauffeur in the BBC sitcom "On the Up", another show Waterman sang the theme for. See more »

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[first lines]
Gerry Standing: # Doo, doo-doo dooo, doo, doo-doo dooo #
Gerry Standing: [is cut off by another car] Woah!
[coffee spills on him]
Gerry Standing: Aargh! Shit! You bleeding idiot, you could have killed the pair of us!
Guy Carse: You could have killed me, you moron.
Gerry Standing: What is your prob...
Guy Carse: Take your hands off me...
Gerry Standing: Eh!
Guy Carse: -Mr Bleeding Magoo. You don't belong on the road.
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Murderous Hypnosis
26 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

"Magic Majestic", while still a fun episode, is one of my least favourite episodes of Season 5. Calling "Magic Majestic" bizarre is an understatement (if not as much as "Wicca Work"), in some places such as the denouement and Gerry under hypnosis and the consequences almost too much on the wrong side of it.

Generally there is an intriguing mystery, with some clever things like the cause of the murder (though that was also a bit on the strange side).

Visually, "Magic Majestic" is slick and stylish as ever. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is intelligent, thought-provoking and classy, while also being very funny and high up in the entertainment value. This is all mixed adeptly with a seriousness without being overly so that it doesn't feel like 'New Tricks'.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry between the four leads and their performances. The chemistry is so easy going and charming with a little tension.

One of the show's biggest delights is Alun Armstrong, achieves a perfect balance of funny comic timing and touching pathos which was maintained all the way up to his final episode. It is also lovely here to see his role in the team and skills appreciated more all the time. James Bolam's Jack is the quietest, most sensible (mostly) and most composed of the team, with a tragic personal life that Bolam portrays very touchingly without any overwrought-ness.

The only woman on the team, Amanda Redman more than holds her own in what is essentially the boss role of the four. Dennis Waterman brings some nice levity without unbalancing things.

Kirsty Mitchell and Sam Kelly give the best supporting turns of a solid bunch. The latter's chemistry with Waterman evokes fond memories.

Overall, not quite so majestic and somewhat bizarre but fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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