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Series 8 - Episode 7
The Gentleman Vanishes
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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.
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 & Crew
DAC Robert Strickland
DI Thomas Doyle
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