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Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete First Series [DVD]

Vic Reeves , Bob Mortimer , Charlie Higson , Mark Mylod    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Emilia Fox, Tom Baker, Jessica Stevenson
  • Directors: Charlie Higson, Mark Mylod, Rachel Talalay
  • Producers: Charlie Higson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJM2GI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,433 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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All six episodes from the first series of the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer revival of 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'. In 'Drop Dead' detective Marty Hopkirk (Reeves) is killed on the job and then comes back as a ghost to help his partner Jeff Randall (Mortimer) solve the case. 'Mental Apparition Disorder' has Marty's bereaved fiancée Jeannie (Emilia Fox) investigate some thefts at a local casino. 'The Best Years of Your Death' sees Jeff and Jeannie go undercover at a boarding school. 'Paranoia' finds the agency protecting the author of a soon-to-be-published book about terrorism and security. 'A Blast From the Past' has Marty approach the end of his supernatural tuition course. And in 'A Man of Substance' Jeff goes to the country to investigate the case of a missing husband.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment 24 Aug 2009
This is a very good series, obviously based on the original 1969/72 series. But nowhere close to matching it. I think the problem with this series was the producers put too much emphahsis on the funny side. Where as the originals we funny at times, but serious enough to keep you hooked on the story line. Very good though, I would never have missed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic & Bob Prove Critics Wrong 30 Sep 2009
By Marty
When it was announced that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were going to appear as Randall & Hopkirk, they were pretty much written off from the get-go. No one believed that they could remake a much loved series from the Sixties. Rather than copy the original in every aspect, they - along with writer Charlie Higson - made subtle changes that made the series their own. The first series of Randall & Hopkirk is rich with humour, wit and a few thrills. Tom Baker threatens to steal the show in his vignettes but that aside, I would recommend this DVD to anyone interested in easy viewing with a few laughs thrown in.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's DECEASED alright! And should be cremated immediately! 4 Mar 2014
By Le Stryge - Published on
DO NOT, ...repeat, DO NOT buy this remake by mistake, thinking you are getting the Brit. original.
This is just SO goddamned awful as to defy description.
Incredibly bad over-acting from surprisingly familiar names too.
It's normally against my form to condemn anything without watching it in its entirety, but this turkey is SO bad I couldn't take it a moment longer.
Absolutely without even so much as a single redeeming feature.
Should be buried to stop it stinking up the place!
Why can't I award NO stars! It pains me to even have to give this the one, just to warn others who might purchase this thinking they were getting the original!
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