Thomas (Robin Laing) is a psychic detective, who ensnares his victims not by patient deduction but by trying to second-guess
their movements. For the most part his operations are successful; but there are times when felons manage to get the better
of him. This was certainly the case with “A Nobody,” where Thomas pursues a psychic killer right up to the Scottish
Highlands, and only manages to eliminate his adversary by shooting him in self-defence. On the way Thomas undergoes several
agonies of conscience: does the killer really exist, or is he just a projection of the detective’s fevered imagination?
Bruce Young’s production offered an interesting dissection of the detective’s life. Thomas becomes so absorbed
in his work that he becomes indifferent both to his mother and his girlfriend Kat (Daniela Nardini), who follows him patient
Grissil-like all around the Highlands for scant emotional reward. Meanwhile Thomas’ inner struggles were portrayed through
the use of overlapping voices; Kat’s and the killer’s (Ian Robertson’s) being the most prominent, In the
end we had no way of knowing whether the killer actually died, or whether he was just killed as part of Thomas’ tortured
dreams. Although unnamed, the killer obviously had a powerful effect on the detective’s imagination.