Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased)

This week’s theme tune spotlight falls on a true vintage classic.

It’s Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), the British comedy-drama about a pair of private detectives – Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk – one of whom is a ghost (after being murdered in the pilot episode).

The show aired for a single season (26 episodes) in 1969-70, with leading men Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope one of the all-time great TV double acts.It also starred Annette Andre as Marty’s widow Jeannie.

Along with the The New Avengers, it’s one of my earliest TV-watching memories, as I seem to remember repeats used to air in the afternoon when I got home from school when I had just started school and was only in for half a day.

The spooky, atmospheric theme tune, composed by Edwin Astley, is one of my all-time favourites. Here are the opening titles as they appeared in the UK version of the show:

Here is the full, uncut version of the theme tune:

EDIT: Why, oh why do people disable embedding on YouTube videos? It’s very annoying. Here’s an idea – if you don’t want to share your videos, don’t upload them to a video-sharing website. Unreal.

Oh well, it just means that you’ll have to click on the above video when the message about embeding being disabled comes up and you’ll be taken to the video’s YouTube page, where you can watch it.

The show also aired in the US, where it was renamed My Partner The Ghost. Here are the opening titles for that version of the show, which used the same music but spelled out the concept of the show much more clearly:

Finally, a short-lived remake of the show aired back in 2000-2001, starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. However, it failed to do do the original show justice and was buried after just two seasons and 13 episodes.

Although remake was generally disappointing, the theme tune, composed by David Arnold in the spirit of the original, was pretty good. Here is the music video for the full version, with lyrics from The Cardigans‘ singer Nina Persson, which was released as a single in the UK.


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