Daily Mail




SO FAR, this show is doing a wonderful job of balancing intrigue with whimsy, and the beautiful location of Devon is a delightful substitute for the Caribbean, with fewer lizards but plenty of colourful characters. Tonight, a family of four have disappeare­d into thin air, dinner half eaten, TV and lights on. As part of the investigat­ion into this baffling mystery, which Humphrey (Kris Marshall) likens to the ‘Mary Celeste’, the clumsy DI is attacked by a chicken and we meet many more of the locals, including a neighbour of the missing family who’s played by Ruth Madoc, in her last screen role — the HiDe-Hi! legend sadly died in December last year. We are also introduced to Margot’s eccentric admirer, ship builder Marvellous Harris

(Phil Daniels, with a thick west country accent), whom Margot (Felicity Montagu, pictured far right with Dylan Llewellyn, Zahra Ahmadi, Marshall and Sally Bretton) describes as ‘mad as a barb wire badger’. It might come as no surprise that the early verdict on Humphrey is that he, too, is ‘a bit mad’.

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