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Cult Times #54
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The Premise: Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk run a private investigation firm. Marty is killed in an apparent hit and run, but reappears to his partner as a ghost: Dont worry Jeff. Jeannie cant see or hear me. Nobody can. Only you Jeff! Only you!
Transgressing a curse to bring his killer to justice, Marty cannot re-enter his grave for a century, becoming Jeffs invisible asset on his new cases.
Background: Created by Dennis Spooner and produced for ITC by Scoton, this comedy-thriller film series was produced by Monty Berman. It was originally conceived as a possible vehicle for comedian Dave Allen.
First Run: From 19th September 1969 by ITV network ATV-Midlands.
Number of Episodes: Twenty-six commercial one-hours.
The Good Guys: Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt), the happy-go-lucky surviving partner of the down-at-heel detective agency. The spirit of Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) keeps an eye on both Jeff, and his widow, Jeannie (Annette André).
The Cops: The ulcer-ridden Inspector Large (Ivor Dixon) is never happy to find Jeff involved in his latest case and will try to arrest him often simply to keep him out of the way.
And Isnt That... Frank Windsor as the murderous husband in My Late Lamented Friend and Partner; David Jason as the music hall assistant accused of murder in Thats How Murder Snowballs; Peter Jones as a ghost hunter in The House on Haunted Hill; Keith Barron as a hitman in When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things?; Lois Maxwell setting Jeff up in For the Girl Who Has Everything; Anton Rogers as a dipsomaniac con-man in When The Spirit Moves You.
Overdone Clichés : Jeff gets caught by the bad guys or gals. Marty then uses his powers with hypnotized/dying/psychic/occulty people to send a message through to the authorities, bringing rescue in the nick of time.
Fashion Statements: Spotless white suits if youre a ghost, and bright pastel shades of Sharron Macready cast-offs if youre a ghosts widow. Hair can be worn back-to-front at times by ghosts.
My Late Lamented
Friend and Partner
All Work and
How Murder Snowballs
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The episode Money to Burn barely warrants Martys involvement; The Ghost Talks due to Mike Pratt having broken his legs is a ghostless flashback to when Marty was still alive and kicking; Could You Recognise The Man Again? is just dull.
& Hopkirk (Deceased)
version, starring Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Emilia Fox and Tom Baker airs in
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