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The Gentleman Vanishes 

In 2004 physics professor Philip MacKenna was apparently abducted from a Paris-bound train. His journey was last minute, after a colleague was robbed, and witnesses at the time proved to be... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Rebecca Front ... Bea Mackenna
Matthew Blackmore Matthew Blackmore ... Paul Leonard
Shaun Williamson ... Martin Fallon
Keeley Forsyth Keeley Forsyth ... Alice Fox
Amy Phillips ... Kirsty Daniels
Gary Powell Gary Powell ... David Townsend
Kevin McMonagle Kevin McMonagle ... Peter Rowley
Andrew Woodall ... Brian Rutland
William Key William Key ... D.I. Thomas Doyle
Tim McInnerny ... Stephen Fisher


In 2004 physics professor Philip MacKenna was apparently abducted from a Paris-bound train. His journey was last minute, after a colleague was robbed, and witnesses at the time proved to be using false identities, suggesting a plot to kidnap him for his expertise. Now his wife is getting cryptic emails, impossible to trace, suggesting he is alive, but she has been holding back a secret. A tip off from a Whitehall mandarin leads the team closer to the truth. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Nine-o-two p.m. seventh of February 2004. This is the seven p.m. train from Charing Cross to Dover and it's two hours into its journey.
Brian Lane: Two hours? Shouldn't they be in Dover by now?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Yeah, it should be, but a couple of miles out of the station someone pulled the emergency handle. Now watch this.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: [showing train security video] Four seconds. It takes four seconds to go through that first door, along the short connecting corridor and then into the buffet-car. Four seconds. This guy here...
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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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The mystery of the vanishing gentleman
16 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

"The Gentleman Vanishes" is a particularly wonderful episode of the eighth season, which continues 'New Tricks' generally very high standard. The story is continually gripping and the intrigue and twists prevent it from being predictable with an unexpected ending.

Visually, "The Gentleman Vanishes" 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.

Anthony Calf is typically great as Strickland and there are particularly solid supporting performances from Tim McInnerny and Rebecca Front.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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