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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

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