Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave
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|"Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave"|
|Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Cyril Frankel|
|Written by||Donald James|
|Original air date||9 January 1970|
Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave is the seventeenth episode of the popular 1969 ITC British television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 9 January 1970 on the ITV. Directed by Cyril Frankel.
Marty finds somebody digging around his grave. He sends Jeff to investigate the cemetery and in doing so is knocked unconscious several times by a masked 18th century axe wielder. Telling Jeannie of his experiences and visiting a doctor (Cyril Shaps) to treat his wounds concerned it may have affected his judgement, Jeff unintentionally manages to convince the doctor he is a madman and contacts the police as he escapes. Lying low and suspecting the gardener at the cemetery anyway, Jeff accepts a job with Mandrake, the wealthy owner in the nearby mansion, and stumbles on an intricate plot to steal his insane agoraphobic son through an underground tunnel pretending to hold him to ransom. It is all part of a plot to inherit his father's fortune but when he marries his young housekeeper the plan is demised.
In this episode Marty also departs Jeff and travels to Germany to watch a football match between Germany and England. Watching from inside the commentary box (also housing the commentator Fawlty Towers's Andrew Sachs) he learns that he is able to control the game and blows a ball over the cross bar and a German player shoots at an open goal. Mandrake's mad hippie son Harry also brings up some issues, parodying cannabis smoking of the era and suffering from agoraphobia. His extreme hair and his obsession for indoor paint throwing is also of amusing note.
Jeff flirted outrageously with Martha, Mandrake's housekeeper and later wife (Patricia Haines)
- Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall
- Kenneth Cope as Marty Hopkirk
- Annette Andre as Jeannie Hopkirk
- Patricia Haines .... Martha
- Geoffrey Hughes .... Harper
- Bernard Kay .... Dighton
- George Murcell .... Mandrake
- Andrew Sachs .... Commentator
- Cyril Shaps .... Dr. Cholmond
- Michael Sheard .... German Commentator
- Nigel Terry .... Harry
- Beverly Winn .... Valerie