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Syfy to Resurrect 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'

by Rich Keller, posted May 10th 2010 3:45PM
SyFy is ready to remake the British series 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'It looks like Syfy is continuing its programming friendship with various studios over in the U.K. However, rather than acquiring a recent show like the currently running 'Merlin,' the network is pulling from Britain's vast television past.

According to a press release, Syfy has acquired the rights to the popular '60s British detective series 'Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)' for development as a 60-minute scripted pilot. Originally produced by ITC -- the same company that produced such cult series as 'The Prisoner' and 'The Saint' -- 'Randall and Hopkirk' was the story of a murdered detective (Hopkirk) who came back as a ghost that only his former partner, Randall, could see. A total of 26 episodes of the series aired between 1969 and 1970.

The new version of the series will be written and executive produced by Josh Bycel ('Scrubs') and Jonathan Fener ('American Dad') and will be produced by ITV studios. There's no information on the tone of the show (the original series was an action dramedy), who will be cast as the two main characters or if or when the pilot will air on Syfy. Watch the original opening credits after the jump.

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Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) was a very funny mystery series. I also remember my partner the ghost. Both shows carry the same theme and I hope the new one is as good as they were.

May 11 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael K Pate

Did it inspire the first season of Witchblade?

May 11 2010 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this was on american TV and was titled "My partner the ghost" - i watched is when i was growing up.

May 11 2010 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ever since I discovered this, I imagined it as a good buddy cop-style comedy movie, but I'd enjoy a more serious version of it instead.

May 10 2010 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John's comment

A serious version of it? Wouldn't that be "Heart Condition"?

May 10 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer also remade it in 2000 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167701/

May 10 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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