Monday, 10 May 2010


[21.45 - French Time] US cable channel SyFy has ordered from ITV Studios a pilot for a remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

The original show, 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. 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 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 Tom Baker as Wyvern. Incidental music was composed by future Doctor Who maestro Murray Gold and the theme by James Bond resident composer David Arnold.

The new pilot will be written and executive produced by Josh Bycel (Scrubs) and Jonathan Fener (American Dad). Howard Braunstein, of Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment, will also executive produce. « Josh and Jonathan have found a great way to update the buddy-cop formula with a supernatural twist. We look forward to working with them, Howard, and ITV to bring new life to this British classic, » said Mark Stern, EVP of Original Programming for Syfy, in a press release.

After the AMC/ITV remake of The Prisoner, another treasure of the ITC Entertainment catalogue, to say that we're looking forward to this second remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) would be greatly exaggerated.

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