Post by jno on Apr 27, 2015 3:51:06 GMT
I finally got around to watching this yesterday having had it sitting on a hard disk for almost 6 years.
Dennis has quite a big part in this Christmas Special from 2003. He plays a depressed widower Mike Walters - a former champion climber suffering badly from rheumatoid arthritis, whose son died on a climb he was unable to accompany him on. When his only remaining daughter returns home for Christmas to tell him she's pregnant, Mike is unable to deal with news and things take a turn for the worse when Mike discovers who the father is.
The episode is set in the run up to Christmas time (originally broadcast on 23rd Dec 2003) and although "Where The Heart Is" was staple diet Sunday night TV for some, I must confess to this episode being my first (and probably my last).
Initially I thought it would be tricky just to tune into this one episode - called 'Archangel' (series 7, episode 9) just to see our Dennis in action as I was unfamiliar with all of the regular characters. However, this soon gets easy to watch and is no problem to get into. There are a whole host of recognisable faces in this including some with a very loose Minder connection: Keith Barron (Senior Citizen Cane), Phil Middlemass (Gary Webster's best mate) and the lovely Samantha Giles (barmaid off 'Emmerdale') who I saw on stage with George Cole in 'Party Piece' some years ago.
The episode is ok but seems very much in the vein of "Heartbeat" albeit in a modern setting and I normally wouldn't watch this sort of thing. That said Dennis is excellent in this and has plenty of scope to perform. He also has a good Yorkshire accent throughout which I can't say I've heard from him before. He is most definitely the real star of this episode and I can recommend tuning in just to see him in this Christmas Special if you can - running time 82 minutes.
7/10 - Dennis is great but the other subplots are pretty mundane humdrum.