Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)

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Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) title card.jpg
Format Supernatural fiction Action Drama Comedy
Created by Dennis Spooner
Starring Vic Reeves
Bob Mortimer
Emilia Fox
Tom Baker
Charlie Higson
Theme music composer David Arnold
Tim Simenon
Composer(s) Murray Gold
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Simon Wright
Producer(s) Charlie Higson
Cinematography John Ignatius
Running time 49-51 minutes
Production company(s) WTTV
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 18 March 2000 (2000-03-18) – 24 November 2001 (2001-11-24)

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) is a British television series, produced by Working Title Television for BBC One. It is a remake of the 1960s television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and stars Vic Reeves as Hopkirk (again in a white suit) and Bob Mortimer as Randall, Emilia Fox as Jeannie, and Tom Baker as Wyvern.

Background[edit]

Two series were made, the first in 1999 (broadcast in 2000) and the second in 2001. The show was produced by Charlie Higson, who also directed some episodes. Writers for the show include Gareth Roberts, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson, Paul Whitehouse, and Higson.

Many episodes also included storylines that paid homage to the original show, as well as other 1960s shows - especially those made by ITC Entertainment, the original show's production company. In the fifth episode of series one, a clip of Mike Pratt (who had died before the new series was produced), from the original series episode "The Smile Behind the Veil", was included. Marty encounters him in Limbo. Place names also paid homage to the original show: Spooner Drive - named after Dennis Spooner - is used in the first episode of series one; and Cope House - named after Kenneth Cope - is the name of the building where the duo's office is. Marshall & Snellgrove - the name of the rival detective agency - was originally the name of an actual department store that was operating in the 1960s. While interviewing Higson and Reeves for a 2000 feature in The Sunday Times heralding the first series, the British journalist Tony Barrell mentioned a comical anagram he had devised of the show's title: Real Plonker and Sad Dickhead. A slightly revised version of the anagram was used by Higson (with permission) in the fifth episode of the second series, Marshall & Snellgrove.

Technical aspects[edit]

The series was shot in 16:9 widescreen. However, the Region 2 & 4 DVD of Series 1 was released in a pan and scan 4:3 format only, to the apparent disappointment of series producer Charlie Higson. The Series 2 DVD is coded for Regions 2 - 6 and is in the original aspect ratio.

The first print of the cover of the Series 1 VHS and DVD uses lenticular printing so that when the viewing angle is changed Marty's image appears and disappears.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

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  • Drop Dead
Whilst working for a troubled artist, Marty is killed by the artist's apparently suicidal wife, but all is not as it seems and Marty is allowed one night to return and solve the mystery of his murder. Guest starring David Tennant, Charles Dance, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton.
  • Mental Apparition Disorder
After revealing to Jeannie that he can talk to the ghost of Marty, Jeff finds himself spending a week at a psychiatric retreat. However, the doctor running the retreat has a terrible secret. Guest starring Martin Clunes, Hugh Laurie, Steven Berkoff, Fiona Allen and Richard Todd.
  • The Best Years of Your Death
After receiving a disturbing message from Jeannie's nephew, she and Jeff go undercover at the boy's new boarding school and discover a horrific secret. Guest starring Peter Bowles, Anthony Daniels and Mark Straker.
  • Paranoia
Hired to protect a man who will shortly be presenting evidence of several politically damaging events, the duo find themselves protecting their client from assassins determined to obtain and sell the secrets themselves. Guest starring Paul Rhys, Alexis Denisof, Simon Pegg, Simon Day, Arabella Weir, Rhys Thomas and Tony Way.
  • A Blast from the Past
When a retired policeman turns up asking for help to locate an old enemy, Marty finds himself on the run from the ghost of the criminals brother, who is seeking revenge for his death at the hands of Marty's father. Guest starring Paul Whitehouse, Mark Benton, Dudley Sutton, Patrick Ryecart and Toni Palmer.
  • A Man of Substance
Whilst investigating the disappearance of a businessman, the pair find themselves stuck in a mysterious village whose inhabitants are able to both see and hear Marty. Guest starring Gareth Thomas, Elizabeth Spriggs, Hugh Lloyd and Rachel Weaver.

This DVD of the series also included a four minute music video, featuring Paul Whitehouse and Nina Persson (of The Cardigans), who sings a vocal version of the theme. The DVD also featured a 'Making Of' Documentary & Outtakes.

Series 2[edit]

  • Whatever Possessed You?
Jeff and Jeannie check into a remote hotel which has been the site of various murders going back almost 50 years. Marty returns to help and discovers a supernatural element to the mystery. Guest starring David Walliams, John Thomson, Hywel Bennett and Janet Henfrey.
  • Revenge of the Bog People
Jeff runs into an old flame and agrees to re-open an old case in order to attempt to clear her father's name. Guest starring Matt Lucas, Celia Imrie, Mark Williams, Freddie Jones and Adam Buxton.
  • O Happy Isle
A young man is found dead on a small island. According to the local police it was a simple suicide, but Jeff and Marty suspect the locals have something to hide at the local brewery. Guest starring John Sessions, Ford Kiernan and George Baker.
  • Painkillers
Hired to investigate the death of an undercover agent, Jeff and Jeannie meet a mysterious man who is attempting to recreate a rainforest ecosystem in an underground facility, but why? Guest starring Derek Jacobi, Dervla Kirwan, Duncan Preston and Alibe Parsons.
  • Marshall & Snellgrove
A case involving feuding twins and a large inheritance goes horribly wrong when one of a rival detective duo is seemingly killed by one of the twins. Rather than 'going up' the deceased detective begs Marty to help him solve his own murder. Guest starring Colin McFarlane.
  • The Glorious Butranekh
After receiving a call from their old secretary, the detectives travel to Latvia to solve the disappearance of their old friend's husband and baby son. Guest starring Pauline Quirke.
  • Two Can Play at That Game
Jeannie goes missing and whilst tracking her down Jeff finds himself trapped in an abandoned department store. Meanwhile, Marty and Jeff fall out and Marty finds himself in a part of the afterlife filled with other ghosts who fell out with their chosen ones, but they don't seem to want him to leave. Guest starring Roy Hudd, Eleanor Bron and Reece Shearsmith.

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - Nina Persson & David Arnold
  2. Jus' Tonight - Basement Jaxx feat. Gwyn Jay Allen
  3. Confusion - James
  4. My Beautiful Friend - The Charlatans
  5. My Body May Die - Pulp vs the Swingle Sisters
  6. Eve - Spacek
  7. Hamlet of Kings - The Orb
  8. To You Alone - The Beta Band
  9. Carnival of Drums - Talvin Singh
  10. U.S. Roach - Gay Dad
  11. Zero Zero - Witness
  12. Dead Things - Emiliana Torrini
  13. Blue Eyes - Lewis Taylor[1]

Single[edit]

A CD single was also released with two additional tracks used in the series but not included on the soundtrack album.

  1. Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) - Nina Persson & David Arnold
  2. Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (Instrumental) - David Arnold
  3. Ain't That a Kick in the Head? - Vic Reeves

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/release/729177

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