Thursday, 13 January 2011


[21.35 - French Time] EW reports that Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg have been hired to write SyFy's pilot for a remake of Brit TV classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), known in America as My Partner the Ghost, was an ITC production and ran on the ITV network for 26 episodes from 1969 to 1970. Created by Dennis Spooner it was about Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt), a private eye who teamed up with the ghost of his murdered partner Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope). Only Jeff could see and hear Marty, not Marty's widow Jeannie (Annette Andre) - their secretary.

The series was first (brilliantly) remade in 2000 by Working Title as Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) and ran for two series. It starred British comedy duo Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves, Emilia Fox as Jeannie, and the great Tom Baker as Wyvern. Incidental music was composed by future Doctor Who maestro Murray Gold and the theme by 007 resident composer David Arnold.

Syfy acquired the rights to Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) last May from ITV Studios. The US remake project was then announced to be written and executive produced by Josh Bycel (Scrubs) and Jonathan Fener (American Dad) (1). In spite of Espenson and Greenberg's resumes it would still be greatly exaggerated to say that your humble servant is looking forward for this second remake. Sorry, just being human...


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