Updates to Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified)
11th September 2014 - And we're back... The book I've spoken
about is now published (With
Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes, see above) and I now have a
little more time on my hands. This Avengers book has taken six
months to bring together, with the researches going back a few years
more to 2009. It's the definitive behind-the-scenes account of the
creation of the series and well worth picking up - please do, as its
purchase supports this site.
pleased to say that Simon Coward has performed some further research
on the Border Television
transmissions of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and
consequently, we now have transmission dates for the first run of
the series in that ITV region (though a handful of episodes could
not be identified). Great work, Simon, and many thanks!
19th July 2014 - Apologies that the dearth of updates has
continued. I'm busy writing a new book about The Avengers and
sadly the site has got a little overlooked in the process. A small
update today, partly to stick my head over the parapet to say that
I'm still here and that this site is not dead, has not ceased to be
and is not an ex-website (Monty Python jokes are de rigeur, I
believe...) and also to point out that two images of Ivinghoe
Beacon, seen in
Locations - It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water,
have been updated with more accurate "now" shots thanks to John
7th March 2014 - Due to upheaval in my personal life - a house
move, so at least something positive! - updates here had to be put
on hold for a while. I'm pleased to say that Randall and Hopkirk
(Declassified) is not only back up and running now, but it is
coming to you from a town where the series was filmed. It's quite
strange walking past filming locations when I'm out shopping, but
I'm not complaining! A few tweaks to get the ball rolling again:
first of all to
Smile Behind the Veil to correct the street name of one of
the filming locations and secondly, I have Vince to thank for
photographing filming locations as they are now for
Locations - All Work
and No Pay, which is now in much better shape than before.
31st January 2014 - A quick heads-up to publicise the release
today of digital editions of the book that I wrote last year with
Richard McGinlay and Alys Hayes. As well as hardcovers and
The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes - The Lost Stories of The
Avengers Series 1, it is now possible to purchase eBooks in
EPUB and PDF formats (direct order links in the box above).
15th January 2014 - Thanks to Vince for sending two new
photographs for the
When the Spirit Moves You page. These show views of
Springfield Road in 1991 and today.
12th January 2014 - Alexandra Bastedo (1946-2014) One of those
updates we really don't want to have to make... Sadly, the actress
Alexandra Bastedo passed away this afternoon after losing her fight
with cancer. Alexandra was a lovely woman who will be remembered by
ITC fans for her memorable roles in The Champions and
Hopkirk (Deceased). From a personal perspective, I am particularly
upset today, as a few months ago, Alexandra showed great kindness
and humanity in sending get well wishes to a good friend of mine who
had been hospitalised, and who is a great fan of hers. A great loss.
Alexandra will be much missed. You can read about Alexandra's life on the
programme guide page from
of a Ghost Dying?
5th January 2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! And you've never had it so
good at Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified)! The Christmas to New
Year break has given us plenty of time to beef up the website and
this has now led to the addition of the third set of programme location
guide pages for episodes since 20th December. This time, it's the
turn of Episode 14, Never Trust a Ghost (yes, we are now over
halfway through our work in these areas!). Take a look at its
pages. All other programme guide pages have been revised to a
greater or lesser degree. We are also grateful to Jaz Wiseman, who has kindly supplied
a couple of additional photographs for the
Edwin Astley interview,
which feature Edwin himself. Thanks to Jaz, and also to Anthony
McKay, who has been working tirelessly on awkward-to-determine
December 2013: Eagle-eyed visitors will have noticed a new
section has been in the last few days, but its content has not been
publicised here. That's because the
Interviews section features
its first feature, an interview
with Edwin Astley by Vanessa Bergman, and she and I have
been fine tuning the piece - which is reprinted from Vanessa's
RAHDAS newsletters and has been subtly revised for web purposes -
and adding illustrations. Hopefully, there will be more to come in
December 2013: Following a quick recce to Aldenham Country Park,
we have been able to confirm
a location from All
Work and No Pay, namely the lake seen in the episode. Thanks
to Anthony McKay for the suggestion that the reservoir there may be
what we were looking for, and to Alys Hayes for her photographic
December 2013: Making use of the Christmas to New Year break to
make headway on the site... This has led to yet another episode
being tackled, this time When the Spirit Moves You. This
update boasts new
pages. We've also found time to rethink the programme guide layout a
little, meaning that actor biographies have been split off into
their own sub-section of the progamme guide pages called 'Appearing
This Week'. Many of these entries have been expanded and had
photographs added. Additionally, the
Transmission pages now state whether
original regional episode transmissions were black and white.
This innovation has also been carried across to all
Programme Guide pages (under
UK Regional Premieres).
December 2013: Read down the page for news of our most recent
updates, including new
pages for All Work and No Pay, but today's update concerns a
forthcoming event at the Grim's Dyke Hotel on the evening of
Thursday 16th January 2014. A slightly belated Merry Christmas to
all our visitors and contributors!
TV & FILM LOCATION TALK
including Episode 5 R&H – You Can Always Find a Fall Guy
the evening of Thursday 16th January 2014 (7.45pm) there will be a
talk and short location tour covering the history of Grim's Dyke in
Film & TV. The talk will be given by Robin Cooke who helped develop
the location tours at Grim's Dyke and who has led tours to some of
the remoter UK film/TV locations including St Kilda, Orkney and
Grim's Dyke acted as a location
for The Avengers and many ITC productions including
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Saint,
The Champions, Department S and others.
More recent TV filming has included EastEnders,
Little Britain and Holby City.
In the film arena, Grim's Dyke
has provided one of the locations for The Prime of Miss Jean
Brodie, a number of Hammer horrors and Sliding Doors
(Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah), along with the feature film
version of Agatha Christie's personal favourite of her own books,
Endless Night. Most recently the Grim's Dyke provided the
honeymoon suite for the One Chance film about the life
of Paul Potts, the Britain's Got Talent winner. The
film, starring James Corden, was released in October 2013 and the
trailer includes scenes shot at Grim's Dyke.
The fee for the evening is £10
including coffee, light refreshments and very free access for
photography, including rooms not usually open to the public.
Grim's Dyke is known as a key
location for the iconic The Evil of the Daleks
episodes in the era of the second Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton).
Some of these episodes are lost and Grim's Dyke has co-operated in
the past with the filming of reconstructions.
The Grim's Dyke website contains
information about the filming history at the hotel
and this can be found here.
To reserve and book tickets for
the event, please telephone the Hotel Reception on 020 8385 3100.
December 2013: In the wake of the addition of a
page for All Work and No Pay four days ago, we have now
completed work (for the time being!) on the associated
page for this episode. It's been quite an involved process, and
thanks to Anthony McKay of
A Guide to Avengerland, it's more accurate than it would
have been. Thanks, Tony - your help is massively appreciated! Check
back later this week for news of a TV and film location talk at the
beautiful Grim's Dyke Hotel this January. The house was of course
used in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and the talk
will include references to the series' visits to the house.
December 2013: A major update today, comprising a new
Programme Guide page
for All Work and No Pay, a partially completed
for the same episode, and behind-the-scenes production credits added
for the first twelve episodes of the series (you can find these on
the Programme Guide pages for each episode).
I've also gone through and updated hyperlinks and corrected the odd
error here and there throughout the site. Also, thanks to Anthony
McKay for putting us right regarding the backlot access road seen in
Heard of a Ghost Dying? and revealing that it still remains
December 2013: Thanks to the photographic and location hunting
skills of the tireless Vince Cox, we can now complete the New
Southgate Cemetery section of
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?.
October 2013: As promised, the interior sequences at the Palace
Theatre have now been added to
That's How Murder Snowballs.
October 2013: Moving ever onwards... Today we've added an
guide page and a
page for That's How Murder Snowballs, the 11th episode of the
series. The locations page at present only covers the exterior
locations and will be updated shortly with the interiors at the
Palace Theatre, Watford.
18th September 2013: Another two photos added for
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?.
17th September 2013: Vince has supplied further photos for
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? today.
16th September 2013: Further detail and additional photographs
added to the
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? page, with thanks to Vince
Cox, Anthony McKay and Chris Leopold.
14th September 2013: As promised, we've just added the locations
Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? - with thanks to Anthony
McKay for his invaluable help. It needs a bit of a polish and a few
extra photos, but for the moment it's close enough to add to the
12th September 2013: It's been quiet around these parts for a
while, but some major updates are on the way. The first of these
arrives today in the form of the Programme Guide page for
of a Ghost Dying? - the locations page will be a day or two
behind it, we hope.
18th April 2013: Following a location recce last Sunday, we can
now update a few of our location pages with new photos by Vince:
Behind the Veil (Rowley Farm / Rowley Lane) and
It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water (High Canons). Our
sincere thanks to the owners of these two properties for kindly
granting us access.
13th January 2013: Some great new photos from John Holburn which
mean that the 'Now' images for the betting shop in
It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water and of Stanmore Hall
The Trouble with
Women have been updated.
4th January 2013: A great, quite unexpected find by Rick C from
the Britmovie Forum, who has identified the theatre used in the
stock footage seen in
It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water.
25th December 2012: Not an update as such, but just want to take
the opportunity to wish all our visitors and contributors a very
Marty Christmas! :)
14th December 2012: Thanks to Sam Denham for dropping us a line
and for clarifying some of the location credits on our pages. He has
also let us know that the Middlesex Hospital seen in
Always Find A Fall Guy has now been demolished. The Anti-Randall
and Hopkirk Brigade has struck again...
11th December 2012: Brushing up
Locations - The
Trouble with Women following a location visit at the
weekend. Thanks to John Holburn and Alys Hayes for the new 'Now'
6th December 2012: Photographic update today...
- You Can Always Find A Fall Guy has a new photo by John
Holburn of the bookmakers on Allitsen Road. Also, Alys Hayes has
undertaken a recce of central London locations and these have been
added to the locations pages for
Behind the Veil (Frith Street and Old Compton Street),
It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water (Charing Cross Road,
New Bond Street, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar
Square) and The
Trouble with Women (Admiralty Arch and Trafalgar Square).
Finally, thanks are due to Peter Faizey, who in 2007 photographed
the Springwell Chalkpit location used in The Trouble with Women
and has permitted us to use this image at the site. Thanks also to
Chuck Foster of
Who - The Locations Guide for his help regarding this image.
Thanks to all our photographers!
25th November 2012: Thanks to a concerted group effort from John
Holburn, Vince Cox, Anthony McKay and myself, the
location page for
The Trouble with Women is now live. Particular thanks to
Tony for his patience and guidance when I went road blind when
working out exactly where a couple of the latter 'country road'
23rd November 2012: Busy working in the background on the next
update, which will be the filming locations for The Trouble with
Women... In the meantime, I thought I'd let you know that you can
help support this site by buying books from
Tiger Books... Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, even a series of
adventure stories written by my great great uncle in the 1920s!
22nd November 2012: Another step of the way today, as I've
completed work on
Programmes - The
Trouble with Women. Locations page for this episode to
follow in the next few days.
20th November 2012: Another location found thanks to a
suggestion from Tony McKay and the tenacity of Vince Cox - two
optically printed backgrounds seen in
But What A
Sweet Little Room have now been identified without doubt as
Grim's Dyke Driveway. Vince has also tracked down location 3K for
Behind the Veil and taken a more accurate photo showing
where Marty stood at the roadside on Silver Hill in
Journey. All new photos by Vince Cox.
26th September 2012: Thanks to Tony McKay who has been tenacious
in tracking down the 'theatreland' locations for It's Supposed to be
Thicker Than Water. He's pinpointed the exact location of the former
Pigalle Bar on Piccadilly and therefore I've been able to amend the
'Now' photograph so that it is more accurate.
Locations - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water. The page
has also been amended to include one further view of High Canons
(the shot where the police arrive).
25th September 2012: A nice update to
Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water which
has been possible thanks to the generosity of Jaz Wiseman. Jaz has
supplied a remarkable photo of the crashed white Jag in the quarry
and this has caused me to revisit the Production Brief entries
regarding the stunt.
24th September 2012: As promised, we can now present
Locations - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water, which
has been made possible with the help of Tony McKay. Vince, John and
I would like to thank him for his hard work in double-checking our
lists and also in tracking down a few of the more perplexing
locations. Cheers Tony, it's much appreciated.
20th September 2012: Revisions and additions to the white Jag
part of the Production Brief for
Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water, plus
updated location photos courtesy of Alys Hayes for
- You Can Always Find A Fall Guy (Grims Dyke gatehouse).
19th September 2012: A small update squeezed in between
yesterday's and the forthcoming locations update for It's
Supposed to be Thicker Than Water... First off, thanks to Vince,
three new images have been added to
Locations - My Lamented Friend and Partner. John has also
supplied a great shot of Bridgeman Street, which can be seen in
- You Can Always Find A Fall Guy and a little detail about the Glasgow stock footage locations from
Locations - A
Sentimental Journey has been added. Finally, an additional
item concerning the High Canons gatehouse has been added to the
Production Brief section of
Programmes - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water.
18th September 2012: Major update! Programme Guide page added
It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water. Warning: may contain
traces of white Jag...
15th September 2012: A quick update to note an additional film
location for the Edgwarebury Hotel (seen in Who Killed Cock
Robin? and The House on Haunted Hill) - the Hammer film,
The Devil Rides Out. Thanks to Rob Allan for letting us know.
22nd August 2012: Congratulations and many thanks to Anthony
McKay, who has tracked down the Glasgow tenement location from A
Sentimental Journey. Unfortunately, as with Ewhurst Manor before it,
this location has been redeveloped, but it is good to pinpoint the
actual point of filming. Please see
Locations - A
9th July 2012: Several new and improved photographs courtesy of
John and Vince added to
Locations - The
Smile Behind the Veil.
20th June 2012: Thanks to Vince's sterling work braving the
appalling English summer, we now have most views of St. John's Wood
High Street and Lauderdale Road photographed and added to
Locations - My Late Lamented Friend and Partner and
Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy.
1st May 2012: Many thanks to Joan Street and Derek Allen of the
Elstree and Borehamwood Museum for furnishing us with further detail
about Ewhurst Manor, the 'country cottage' of But What A Sweet
Little Room. Derek has also kindly given us permission to use a
photograph that he took in 1958 of the adjoining cottage. All can be
What A Sweet Little Room - The Hunt for De Crecy's.
27th April 2012: New today, the completed (for now!)
Locations - The
Smile Behind the Veil. Many thanks to Anthony McKay for his
assistance with this one. Also today, I have revised
Locations - My Late Lamented Friend and Partner to include
DVD timings and one additional location (Shaftesbury Avenue).
- For the Girl Who Has Everything has also had DVD timings
added. Finally today...
Locations - A
Sentimental Journey similarly brushed up and added to.
26th April 2012: Doing a bit of back-tracking with the Location
pages, adding back projection shots and title card backgrounds to
the episodes we tackled early on. For starters,
But What A Sweet Little Room has been updated with timings,
back projection shots and has been rejigged a tiny bit.
25th April 2012: Today, I've completed and am pleased to present
the Programmes page for
Behind the Veil. Please note that while the associated
locations page is linked from this page, it is currently a work in
progress. Lastly today, with thanks to my mother Rita Hayes, it has
now been possible to confirm the house number (37) of De Crecy's and
to verify that the Cliffords lived at the property from 1958-1970.
The only question still buzzing around my mind is whether the
'Ewhurst Manor' name was perhaps an invention for the magazine
article in which it was mentioned. Getting there on this mystery...
24th April 2012: Some fine detective work from Claire Saunders
has caused me to rethink the football match footage seen in
But What A
Sweet Little Room, now confirmed as being sourced from the
1963 FA Cup Final (as I thought) and the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final (which
I can't believe I couldn't identify!). I've also spotted an
incredible blooper for the same episode, with photographic evidence,
which can be seen on the same page (along with an additional trivia
item concerning the businesses sharing the Randall and Hopkirk
office building). Claire has also kindly provided a photo of Wembley
Stadium, which has been added to the
But What A Sweet Little Room.
23rd April 2012: Minding the gaps... or rather, filling them.
Thanks to Claire Saunders for pointing out we'd missed a view of
Well End Road and we've added this to
Locations - A
Sentimental Journey. Thanks again to Alys Hayes and
Vince Cox, this
time for photos of Latimer which have been added to
- For the Girl Who Has Everything. Also, courtesy of Vince,
a view of De Crecy's today (or more accurately, yesterday!) which
has been added to
But What A Sweet Little Room and also to
Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room: The Hunt for De Crecy's page, along with
some additional detail by yours truly. Finally, a great addition to
Locations - You Can Always Find A Fall Guy from Claire
Saunders, who has sent in a 1996 photograph of the Page Street
entrance of the now-demolished Westminster Hospital. Thanks to all
who have made today's updates possible.
22nd April 2012:
Locations - Who
Killed Cock Robin? has been updated once more. Just one
more picture to add. Many thanks to Alys Hayes for the photos, taken
at the Edgwarebury earlier today.
21st April 2012: Today we've added a new Programme Guide page
for Who Killed
Cock Robin? and a
locations page for
the same episode. Also today, some subtle revisions to the
Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room: The Hunt for De Crecy's page.
26th March 2012: A brand new locations page added today:
- You Can Always Find A Fall Guy. If you can help us to
identify the unknown roads on this page, please contact us. Thanks
especially to Tony McKay for his help with this one.
23rd March 2012: A modest update today, to add a Trivia item
relating to The Saint to the Programme Guide page for
22nd March 2012: A brand new Programme Guide page has been added
Always Find A Fall Guy, that is packed with information and
20th March 2012: Some pottering around today. With thanks to Jaz
Wiseman, the main photos on each Programme Guide episode page
produced so far have been updated with better quality images. I've
also been able to add photographs of Carol Cleveland and Judy
Huxtable, both of whom filmed scenes as Laura Slade in
Girl Who Has Everything.
19th March 2012: Further to yesterday's big news about Ewhurst
Manor, today I have added a YouTube video of the George Harrison
Marks film which led me to discover the location to the
Programmes - But What A Sweet Little Room page. Please be warned that this
is, while tame, of an adult nature. Also, thanks to the further
researches of Anthony McKay, we can now also present accurate map
and satellite views which demonstrate Ewhurst Manor's exact location
prior to demolition and how it stood compared to the modern view.
18th March 2012: A big big day for Randall and Hopkirk
(Declassified), because we've found De Crecy's country home! It was
in Borehamwood all the time, but was demolished in 1970. The house
had a sleazy secret, which is revealed on the programme guide page
What A Sweet Little Room, and the location information has
been added to
But What A Sweet Little Room. There's also an additional
page, linked from 'And Finally...' on the programme guide page which
goes into more detail about the naughty goings-on at the location.
Direct link here.
24th February 2012: John's been out and about taking photos of
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) locations as they are now,
focusing his lens upon Jeff's flat on St. John's Wood Road,
Jeannie's flat on Lauderdale Road and the Holland Villas Road
setting of A Sentimental Journey. All four existing locations
pages have been revised as a result.
2nd January 2012: We're seeing in the New Year by adding a great
new section by Vanessa Bergman which details the
Origins of the series and looks
at creator Dennis Spooner's initial proposal submission document and
compares it to the series we know. Well worth a long look! Many
page now added for the fourth episode of the series, A
Sentimental Journey. Happy New Year all! :)
page now added for the fourth episode of the series, A
Sentimental Journey. Programme Guide page to follow shortly.
Programme Guide page and
page now added for the third episode of the series, For the Girl
Who Has Everything. It's all coming together! :)
December 2011: Thanks to Simon Coward for supplying eight
additional Tyne Tees regional transmissions. Also, following a kind
tip-off from Steve Arnold and a nod in the right direction from
Simon, I've been able to track down most of the broadcast
information for Scottish Television!
December 2011: Delighted that I've managed to track down the
full first broadcast run for the
Grampian ITV region.
December 2011: Extensive programme guide page added for
Late Lamented Friend and Partner.
December 2011: Work begins on Randall and Hopkirk