New Tricks

Series 8 - 7. The Gentleman Vanishes

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Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Det Supt Sandra Pullman and her Last of the Summer Wine team of ’tecs are working on the disappearance of a physics professor from a Dover-bound train in 2004. They’ve re-opened the case despite being politely warned off by a shadowy Whitehall figure played
by Tim McInnerny. At least I think that’s what he was doing.

After they’ve made some impressive if unbelievable leaps of logic, the investigation culminates at St Pancras Station where a suspect sporting a Matrix-style floor-length leather coat — presumably in order to blend in with the commuter crowds — actually causes Jack Halford to run. For several minutes! It’s the most exciting bit of the entire episode.

About this programme

7/10. The team investigates the mystery of a missing scientist, after the man's wife receives a series of emails from someone claiming to know what happened to him. The physics professor was last seen in 2004, on a train to Paris for a conference, and when he disappeared he was working on a potentially lucrative cold fusion project that had attracted attention from many large organisations. However, as the detectives dig deeper, a shadowy Whitehall figure warns Sandra's boss Strickland they should drop the case.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
DAC Robert Strickland
Anthony Calf
Stephen Fisher
Tim McInnerny
Bea Mackenna
Rebecca Front
Paul Leonard
Matthew Blackmore
Martin Fallon
Shaun Williamson
Alice Fox
Keeley Forsyth
Kirsty Daniels
Amy Phillips
David Townsend
Gary Powell
Peter Rowley
Kevin McMonagle
Brian Rutland
Andrew Woodall
DI Thomas Doyle
William Key


Julian Simpson
Keith Thompson
Julian Simpson