A modern day version of the 1969 detective series about Private Investigator Jeff Randall, who is aided in cases by the ghost of his deceased partner Marty Hopkirk.
Runtime: 50 minutes
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) - Netflix
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is a British private detective television series, starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope respectively as the private detectives Jeffrey Randall and Martin Hopkirk. The series was created by Dennis Spooner and produced by Monty Berman, and was first broadcast in 1969 and 1970. In the United States, it was given the title My Partner the Ghost. In Spain it was entitled El Detective Fantasma (The Phantom Detective). In the initial episode Hopkirk is murdered during an investigation, but returns as a ghost. Randall is the only main character able to see or hear him, although certain minor characters are also able to do so in various circumstances throughout the series. ITC Entertainment produced a single series of 26 episodes in 1968 and 1969, which was aired from September 1969 to March 1970. The pilot episode was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom on 19 September 1969 on ATV Midlands. LWT broadcast the pilot on 21 September 1969. The series was remade in 2000, starring British comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. On 10 May 2010 the SyFy Channel announced that it had secured the rights to Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) and were looking to develop a pilot. As of October 2014, there had been no further developments.
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - Background - Netflix
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was conceived by producer Dennis Spooner in 1967. Spooner had a keen interest in the paranormal and ghostly phenomena, which he considered an inspired idea for a television series, incorporating it with the characteristic crime, drama and action of other earlier productions in the 1960s such as The Avengers and The Saint. Spooner was strongly influenced by other paranormal films, such as Blithe Spirit and Topper, which had a profound impact on him, providing him with an understanding of the elements of the fantasy genre, studying the aspects of paranormal activity upon which a television series could be based. While working on The Baron for ITC, Spooner met the producer Monty Berman, with whom he later formed the production company Scoton. Spooner had already worked with Mike Pratt and Annette Andre on The Baron, based on John Creasey's novels, in 1966 and 1967, and had known Pratt and Kenneth Cope from other series such as The Avengers and his work on the BBC's Z-Cars. Pratt and Andre had also appeared in The Saint earlier in the 1960s, with which both Spooner and Berman were familiar. Screen testing began in late 1967; Berman and Spooner agreed that the trio would make an ideal casting. Scoton were informed that they were to commence the filming of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1968, alongside the production of Department S. Filming commenced in 1968 and the cast worked strenuously into 1969 to complete the series. The first episode was broadcast on Friday 19 September 1969 on ATV Midlands, Harlech, Westward, Yorkshire, Granada, Channel and Ulster; LWT on Sunday 21 September 1969; and Southern on Sunday 5 October 1969. Other regions, such as Anglia, Border, Tyne-Tees, Scottish and Grampian, which would continue to broadcast in black and white for several months after the initial colour broadcast start date of 15 November 1969, decided not to screen the series at this time. Of this initial run, only LWT screened all 26 episodes. Ulster and Granada rested the show after eight episodes, Yorkshire, Channel and Westward did so after 14 episodes, Harlech after 15 episodes, and ATV Midlands only screened 21 of the 26 episodes.
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