DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
GREAT to see Paul Rhys on television tonight. I haven’t seen him since he was a vampire on Being Human. Fantastic show. And now he’s in New Tricks, which is the opposite of fantastic. He’s playing a charlatan psychic — sorry, psychic — but he’s horribly under-used for such a fabulous actor.
Gets to sit behind a desk, look off into the middle dis- tance and make vague predictions, that’s about it.
Cheap parlour tricks, Det. Supt Sandra Pullman calls them. Even though he makes one about her and nails it and she doesn’t like that much.
Rhys isn’t the big guest star tonight, though. He is as far as I’m concerned, but to you it’ll probably be David Bradley, Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies. He gets a couple of nice scenes in this episode.
This is what got me through, David Bradley and Paul Rhys and . . . I can’t think of anything else.
The acting isn’t the problem. Amanda Redman who plays Sandra and the other two — Alun Armstrong and James Bolam — know what to do and do it. I wanted to break the television whenever Dennis Waterman appeared. The whole show’s only just keeping it together as it is without
Charlatan: Paul Rhys