The Vanishing Man

The Vanishing Man
Genre Drama Comedy Mystery
Created by Anthony Horowitz
Written by John Sullivan
Directed by Roger Bamford
Starring Jill Baker
Helen Grace
Neil Morrissey
Composer(s) Hal Lindes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Cinematography Paul Bond
Running time 100 mins (1997)
50 mins (1998)
Production company(s) ABTV
Harbour Pictures
Meridian Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 14:9
Audio format Stereo
First shown in 2 April 1997 (1997-04-02) (pilot)
Original release 18 July (1998-07-18) – 22 August 1998 (1998-08-22)

The Vanishing Man was a 1997-98 TV movie and series, both starring Neil Morrissey as Nick Cameron, the titular vanishing man. It was produced by ABTV and Harbour Pictures in association with Meridian Television for ITV.

Plot summary

Nick Cameron is sent to prison where he is subject to painful experiments, after which he discovers that he now becomes invisible shortly after coming into contact with water.



# Title Original air date
Pilot"The Vanishing Man: Pilot"2 April 1997

Season 1

# Title Original air date
1"Nobody Does It Better"18 July 1998
2"Not Fade Away"25 July 1998
3"Nothing Up My Sleeve"1 August 1998
4"Out on a Limb"8 August 1998
5"Spooks"15 August 1998
6"Retribution"22 August 1998

Critical reception

In UK daily newspaper The Independent, Thomas Sutcliffe wrote, "The somewhat open ending of The Vanishing Man (ITV) suggests that last night's comedy thriller was intended as a pilot". Noting "an armful of improbabilities", he suggested, "you will either have switched off or settled back to enjoy the special effects". Sutcliffe found the programme eschewed a sophisticated treatment of the main character's invisibility, "settling instead for the charm of a protagonist who can knock baddies on the head just when they think they have things under control, and then unpredictably reappear in the nude for a bit of comic relief". He concluded, "If they do make the series, they should schedule it for Saturday tea-time, when its natural audience will be able to enjoy it".[1]


  1. Sutcliffe, Thomas (2 April 1997). "LAST NIGHT: Review of "The Vanishing Man"". The Independent. London. Retrieved 12 January 2016.

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