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Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased): The Complete First Series [VHS] 
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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.
This is the entire first series of Reeves and Mortimer's long-awaited take on the cult classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and it's surely the most re-watchable of television series, not least because of its improbable plots. The anticipation which preceded the show was a drama in itself. How will it compare with the original? Would Reeves and Mortimer be able to cut it in acting roles? Will the cast be upstaged by her wardrobe? The answers were, of course, "perfectly", "no problem" and "probably not, but the BBC wardrobe department certainly excelled themselves for this series". In fact, the premise of this humorous supernatural detective fantasy (a genre which probably contains nothing other than this series and the original)--a dead private detective comes back as a ghost to assist his partner, who is the only mortal who can see him--could easily have occurred as one of those surreal narratives from the duo's comedy shows. A must-see.
On the DVD: the DVD includes a lively behind-the-scenes documentary (broadcast at the beginning of the series), an unfunny collection of outtakes and a rather better music video which comes on like Blue Velvet "re-imagined" by Cubby Broccoli.--Roger Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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24 January 2017
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I enjoyed this revisit to the Randall and Hopkins series. This dvd was an entertaining slant on the original one, which I enjoyed in my childhood. The plots were quite original and slant of adding a new character to the series in the guise of my favourable Doctor Who Tom Baker gave it a new feeling, rather than a rework of the original and Reeves and Mortimer did a great job on the two main characters. The talented Emilia Fox made for a convincing Ginie character. Overall I enjoyed watching this.
2 August 2012
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the storylines are mixed, some episodes are exceptional and well performed others a bit flat and well out of step with the rest? as a series i enjoyed it. being a fan of the original i was sceptical but (naff acting ability aside) the duo were very entertaining i would give it a 9/10 jeanie's character is a bit all over the place though, one minute she appears strong independent woman and then a bit dim. despite inconsistency with script jeanie is my fav.
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Charlie Higson , the creator of this irredeemable tripe, was dismissive of the original series but his arrogance came back to haunt him.Read more
When I was a child I remember watching some of the first series of Randall and Hopkirk with Jeff (Mike Pratt) as detective and Marty (Kenneth Cope) as the ghost.Read more