A box for Marty…

May 17, 2017

R&H6

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the final volume of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). This sixth installment presents the final five episodes (in production order), and comes complete with a flat-packed carton to house the complete series: making it an essential purchase to round off your Blu-ray set.

In this final outing, Jeff and Marty’s investigations land them in a haunted house, a Monte Carlo casino, and in the middle of a feud between a notorious gangster and his ghostly rival. Watch out as well for Marty Hopkirk’s only earthbound (and dark-suited) investigation, told in flashback to a bedridden Jeff (the story was altered at the last minute to accommodate the real-life incapacity of Mike Pratt – who had broken both legs in a fall).

It’s said that, on the final day of shooting, at a waterside location, Kenneth Cope, who had been careful not to get dirt on the pristine white suit he wore in his role as Marty, took great delight in jumping in the drink, fully clothed once the last take was in the can.

 

Martin Cater



Comments:2

  1. Steve Sullivan Reply
    17/06/17

    These ITC filmed series hold such a treasured place in my life as I grew up watching these when my family were living in Surrey. Despite being just a boy my parents would occasionally allow me to stay up to watch some of these films (yes, they were produced as mini feature films with full film crews) and it was then that my love of these ITC series was kindled. Now, as a man, I enjoy these time capsules even more as that ‘ITC atmosphere’ these films create is unique, taking me back to a happy, better world of the 60s (personal opinion). RAH(D) is one of my favourite, largely due to the pitch perfect characterisations created by Cope and Pratt; the private investigator who is constantly worried about paying his next bill, yet has the world-beating advantage of a partner who is a ghost – fantastic premise.

    The world may have changed but, with thanks to those heroes at Network, we are able to go back in time and savour the delights of these magical series in beautifully restored HD. Perhaps, one day, we may be able to acquire these series in 4K.

  2. Richard Davies Reply
    17/10/18

    In the 1960s ITC was a force to be reckoned with. Randall and Hopkirk was a sparkling jewel that adored its crown. The series was a particular favourite of mine as a teenager. I can recall coming home from school for dinner in the mid-eighties, it was on ITV, and it usually ended literally 5mins before my dinner break at 1:30PM, and I had to travel nearly 3 miles. But it was worth the enjoyment, not so the detention lol. I loved the late 60s time period, the swinging London fashions, Jef and Marty’s cars, especially the chemistry, humour and camaraderie between actors Marty (Kenneth Cope), Jeff ( Mike Pratt), and how single man showed so much reverence and respect towards his deceased partner’s beautiful wife Jennie (Annette Andre), who acted as Jeff’s secretary. The irony was. She was totally oblivious to her husband spiritual return throughout the series 26 episodes, although occasionally bemused at Jeff’s odd reactions and how he would be in deep conversations with thin air . The comic timing was superb, the episodes extremely enjoyable. It was such an iconic series, and it could have gone on for more, but sadly it was not to be with the sad passing of one of its main stars, Mike Pratt I longed for the series to be released any format, snapped up the VHS first in the 90s, then the remastered DVD box-set in the 2000s, and later, the music score DVD when first released by Network, and was overjoyed when I heard it was to be re- released on glorious blu ray with loads of extras. Raised my spirits no end, pardon the pun. ; )

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