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Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Set 1

4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope. A pair of private eyes take on a variety of divorce cases until one of them is run down and killed. But that doesn't stop him, and in fact the duo become an even better team in this cult hit British series. Includes all 13 first-season episodes on DVD for the first time. 4 DVDs. 1969-70/color/11 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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The twist of private-eye show Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, only to pop up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner, Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cozy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show was able to afford a high caliber of special guest villains and beautiful women. A 1990s remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. --Kim Newman

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • "Haunted History: London" episode from the History Channel's series Haunted History
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope
  • Directors: Robert Tronson, Roy Ward Baker, Paul Dickson
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Set 1" on IMDb

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By Robert Cossaboon on June 24, 2004
Welcome to the world of Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased. I can remember when I was very small how this series was once ran on my local TV station in the States as My Partner, The Ghost. At the time it seemed very somber and I can remember feeling a little uneasy from the general mood of each episode.....ok, I was scared. Boy, I never knew how good I had it until I purchased the first volume of this treasure trove! R&H is an interesting alternative to the other popular series of the time such as the Avengers, the Prisoner (despite its mere 17 episode run), I Spy, and the Man From U.N.C.L.E. For my money it's also got the coolest theme song going-but then I'm prejudiced in favor of the harpsichord. I think what set this series apart was the seedy approach it took to fighting crime. For the most part, the villains are not megalomaniacal masterminds trying to deep-six their own country. These guys usually go the route of murder and the stakes are usually some small financial potatoes, relatively speaking. Also, our heroes are always just barely making ends meet; they always seem to find another case just in the nick of time to avoid bankruptcy for another episode. Additionally, the character of Jeff Randall is more of an anti-hero than anything else-his priorities are money, women, and keeping the job afloat; somewhere in there is a sense of justice mixed in, but it's very low on the priority scale! But in my opinion, the nervous, anxiety-fueled character of Marty Hopkirk (played by Kenneth Cope) and how he interacts with his live partner, Jeff, as well as deals with the day-to-day stresses of the job (such as murder!) is what drives this series. Need other reasons to try this series? How about the pristine transfer!Read more ›
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Has anyone bought this that didn't have vague fond memories of watching this (My Partner the Ghost) as a child? I too am in that boat.

I feared watching this might spoil my memories. Fortunately I find I had fine taste as a youngster, because this show was very enjoyable as an adult. This time around it seemed less eerie, and was more nostalgic, campy fun.

This is the story of a pair of detectives, Jeff and Marty, one of whom is murdered on a case. Thankfully the only sad part in the series happens right away. Marty promptly returns to help Jeff, and also keep an eye on his widow Jeannie, now working in the office with Jeff. Naturally part of the fun is that only Jeff can see Marty (with a couple rare exceptions).

The premise holds up, thanks to actors who seem to have just the right touch, and the show is as entertaining as it sounds.

The stories are all pretty light, even when murder is involved. The plots are kind of small-potato Avengeresque. A plotting, sinister, bad-guy taking over an inheritance, rather than a mad/sinister agency attempting to take over the world.

The fact that one of the private detectives is a ghost leaves an anything-can-happen feel. While a lot of far-out adventures occur, it never goes beyond the great-beyond for supernatural storylines. In other words, they don't get into sci-fi (aliens), or horror movie type(vampires) plots. It happily sticks to a private-eye mystery show with a fun twist.

I enjoyed this as much as when I caught some Ellery Queen and Banacek re-runs a few years back (other long-lost childhood detective heroes).

I have seen this was released in England as an entire set of 26 episodes. We know the next 13 are out there, so come on A&E, put them out already.
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Where is Set 2? This series brings back many memories when it aired as My Partner the Ghost in the states years ago. I would complete the collection. I don't really know why, but I thoroughly enjoy watching these episodes repeatedly.
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This was one of my favorite shows from the 60's, and I bought Set 1 as soon as it was released, and have been waiting somewhat impatiently ever since for Set 2. When is A&E going to grace us with the rest of the series?
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My Mom and I watched this when it was called "My Partner the Ghost." I fell in love with this show! It's great seeing this again after all these years. If Set 2 ever becomes available in the US, let me know!! Thanks!
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I first watched this series known as "My Partner The Ghost" on channel Nine in Los Angeles in the mid seventies. I was thrilled to finally find it and purchase for viewing. Not only is it entertaining, it is a historic representation of London in the late sixties.
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I gave this to my twin sister as a gift. She and I watched this on the telly (alright, were from the states-in San Jose,Ca) when it ran as "My Partner the Ghost". Each of us convinced if anything every happened to either of us, we too would return in a lovely, white suit to the other and solve crimes, no one else could. The quality is what you would expect from a TV show in the 70's, but the memories it brought up, priceless...
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But where is the rest of it? Delightful British import from the late 60's, an adventure detective show that is also funny, sweet and sad all at once. I purchased set 1 a few weeks ago and have watched several episodes over and over again. It holds up very well for a 30+ year old program. So, A&E, where is Set 2??!!

Lisa
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