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Now You See Her (Sky 2001, Amanda Holden, Joe Absolom)

In crime thriller Now You See Her Jessie is a serial con woman who bites off more than she can chew when pulls off a con involving investor Alan, moving on to Manchester she comes up with a scam to steal a Damien Hirst art installation worth over a million pounds. She needs to win over museum boss Mark but hasn’t reckoned with Alan tracking her down.

Entertaining enough but curiously dated, almost like an episode of Stay Lucky or the like. The central concept is quite strong after all much of the concept of modern art is in the concept not the finish and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the con could be pulled off. A bigger budget would probably have helped especially in regards to the action set pieces towards the end.

Writer Jones gets around the tricky subject of Jessie being basically not very nice by showing her softer in being an emotional support for her gay partner Lewis and also by the fact that she begins to fall for Mark the man she is out to con.

production details
UK / Sky Television – Red Productions / 1×96 minute episode / Broadcast 19th September 2001 at 9.00pm

Writer and Producer: Matt Jones / Script Editor: Eleanor Green / Music: Guy Pratt / Costumes: Emma Rosenthal / Production Design: Taff Batley / Executive Producers: Mark Freeland, Nicola Shindler / Director: Lance Kneeshaw

cast
AMANDA HOLDEN as Jessie
JOE ABSOLOM as Lewis
STEVE JOHN SHEPHERD as Alan
DONALD DOUGLAS as Brannigan
SARAH WALTON as Sue
PATERSON JOSEPH as Mark
SAM LOGGIN as Rosie
KATHRYN HUNT as Claire
MARK GATISS as Nathan
KATE FAULKNER as Emma
NICHOLAS GLEAVES as Paul
SASKIA WELLS as City Bank Person
JOSH MORAN as Policeman 1
RAY ATKINSON as Bob the Security Guard
MARC ANWAR as Shopkeeper
ARTURO VENEGAS as Buyer 1
ANDY PIERCE as Lad
REBECCA ATKINSON as Girl
AUDREY BRADY as Neighbour
TERRY GILLIGAN as Policeman 2
MICHAEL J. JACKSON as Police Inspector
PAUL BRENNEN as Adams