30th August 2018 - Fresh Location Photos... Craig Robins has
come up trumps again and has photographed two locations which
could do with a freshening up. Locations pages given the brush
up are: The
Trouble with Women (Threadneedle Street) and
Never Trust a
Ghost (Newman Street / Oxford Street),
27th August 2018 - 1973 ATV Repeats Information... Huge
thanks to my old friend David Hamilton
who has researched the 1973 ATV
repeats and the
Anglia ones of 1987-1988.
12th August 2018 - Updated locations photos...
Thanks to the frankly brilliant Craig Robins, many of our
previous locations 'now' photos have been revisited, updated and
improved. Craig has been out and about in the summer sun
photographing the venues and the standard is exceptional. He has
gone to some considerable lengths to match the 'then' shots,
even mounting his camera on a long pole to get high shots.
Remarkable! Episodes which feature his new photos are:
My Late Lamented Friend and Partner,
Can Always Find a Fall Guy,
It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water,
Spirit Moves You,
Never Trust a
to Burn and
The Man from Nowhere.
Don't forget the exciting update
Monday 30th July 2018 - Annette
just in of pre-ordering opening on Annette André's new
autobiography - Where Have I Been All My Life - A Memoir.
For someone who has professed
“terminal shyness,” Annette André has written her memoir with
arresting honesty and generosity. From a lonely childhood in
Sydney, Australia, and overcoming a chronic illness to become a
professional ballet dancer, Where Have I Been All My Life?
reveals the truth behind her storybook romance with a famous
bullfighter, how Benny Hill proposed marriage, and why a chance
conversation with Prince Charles helped to change the course of
Guest starring with Roger Moore in more of The Saint episodes
than any other actress, Annette quickly became one of the most
popular TV actors of Britain’s “Golden Age,” in such classic
series as The Avengers, The Prisoner, The Persuaders! and her
most memorable role of all, as Jeannie in Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased). From her fly–on–the–wall view of Burton and Taylor’s
romance while filming Cleopatra to the perils of shooting A
Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and her
appearances on the West End stage, Annette found writing the
story of her life “excruciatingly hard work, but like a good
orgasm, damn well worth the effort."
This hardcover book is due to be
published on 16th September 2018.
I've had the privilege of
designing the dust jacket and photo section for this terrific
book and I'd recommend any Randall and Hopkirk fan to buy
The first 400 pre-orders will be
signed by Annette, and if you're in the first 200, you'll also
get a personally dedicated signed photo!
There is a 25% discount until
release date, too!
Order at Quoit Media to avoid disappointment!
Thursday 12th July 2018 - More
Work But Still No Pay...
Work and No Pay Blu-ray grabs have been added today
thanks to Geoff Dodd. Cheers, Geoff!
Friday 6th July 2018 - A New
We're delighted to be able to add another locations page to the
site today, for
When Did You Start
to Stop Seeing Things? This page is particularly
pleasing to add, as we think we've locked down all the locations
for the episode (which is often not the case) and this would not
have been possible without the sterling efforts of Craig Robins,
Anthony McKay and the usual team. Thanks, all!
5th July 2018 - The Not-At-All Disturbing Case of the Roving
Many thanks to Craig Robins who is rapidly becoming Randall
and Hopkirk (Declassified)'s footpad! Craig has taken new
'Now' photos that greatly improve the locations pages for
My Late Lamented Friend and Partner and
Heard of a Ghost Dying?.
25th June 2018 - When Did You Start to See Things Again?
Delighted today to add yet another new section to Randall and
Hopkirk (Declassified). This time it's the turn of
Repeat Transmissions to get a
place at the site, and the first pages of information have been
added to this section today, courtesy of the researches of James
Heath and my own at BBC Genome. To begin with, a page has been
added for the 1994-1995
and 1995-1996 BBC2
repeat runs. More to follow. Read on...
A Word of Thanks... While I work in the
background on the forthcoming Locations page for When Did You
Start to Stop Seeing Things (with the help of John Holburn,
Anthony McKay and Vince Cox), I wanted to post a message of
thanks to Craig Robins, who has recently contacted me via the
website and has been visiting filming locations and sending some
stunning photographs which he has kindly taken specially for
Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified). In all cases, they are
excellent and these are being added as they come in to the
locations pages. The latest are two updated photos for
My Late Lamented Friend and Partner and Craig has
already forwarded me a series of photos for When Did You
Start to Stop Seeing Things which will form part of the new
page for that episode. Thanks, Craig - your help is hugely
22nd June 2018 - All Work and No Pay... Many thanks to Geoff
Dodd for sending in the first batch of Blu-ray grabs for the
All Work and No
Pay Locations page. More to follow!
17th June 2018 - Who's Who: Never Trust a Ghost... Darren
Senior has kindly provided Who's Who? biographies for the actors and actresses who
appeared in Never Trust a Ghost -
Edina Ronay and
16th June 2018 - Lauderdale Road Photos Updated... Many
thanks to Craig Robins for sending in a series of updated photos
of Lauderdale Road, for
My Late Lamented Friend and Partner,
All Work and No
Man from Nowhere and
Vendetta for a Dead
Also added today, a location find
by Geoff Dodd, Albert Street in London NW1,
Spirit Moves You location 5G. A remarkable find!
15th June 2018 - Lots Today! Firstly, thanks to the
marvellous Vanessa Bergman for helping to identify the dancer
seen auditioning in
It's Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water as Jill Chartell,
who has now also been added to
Who's Who - Extras.
There is also a whole new section - and another one on the way.
The new section concerns press
coverage of the series and has been made possible by the
diligent and generous research of Simon Morris. Thanks, Simon.
18th March 2018 - Whoever Heard of a Ghost Blu-raying?
Thanks to Geoff Dodd for sending over Blu-ray 'Then' grabs to
improve our location page for
Heard of a Ghost Dying?
25th February 2018 - Vendetta for a Dead Man Even More Located...
Well done to Geoff Dodd for tracking down one of our 'unknowns'
- which turns out to be on Gower Street.
Vendetta for a Dead
Man - Locations. Do you know any of our 'unknown filming
locations, on any of our pages? If you do,
please drop us a line.
23rd February 2018 - Vendetta for a Dead Man Located... Cue
fanfare - an incredibly difficult episode (in location spotting
terms) finally tackled.
Vendetta for a Dead
Man - Locations.
Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC (Quoit Media)
5th December 2017 - Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - New ITC Book...
I'm delighted to announce that pre-ordering is open for a brand new
book about the ITC action series.
Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes -
Inspired by ITC comprises 35 chapters in which ITC fans reflect
on what the individual series mean to them.
I've co-edited it with Rick Davy and
the book is filled with beautiful artwork by Shaqui Le Vesconte.
Even better, it has a foreword written by Annette Andre and an
afterword by Elaine Spooner, daughter of Dennis Spooner, who of
course created Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Proceeds are
being donated at Annette's suggestion to the Born Free Foundation.
The book will be available at a
discounted price during the pre-order period, but publication is due
for mid-December, so please do get your orders in quickly.
Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC (Quoit Media)
Tuesday 13th June 2017 - Hitting
the Cliff... Thanks to Jack Yan for spotting another ITC 'car
over the cliff' shot reuse in The Benny Hill Show. Details at
Features: The ITC White Jaguar.
Monday 15th May 2017 - Who's Who
gets an update... Darren Senior's back on the case with the
Who's Who section, this time for the episode When the Spirit
Moves You, meaning we now have entries for
Peter J. Elliott,
Bill Reed and
Tuesday 4th April 2017 - More
Blu-ray Grabs... Top quality Blu-ray grabs have today
been added to the locations page for
Never Trust a Ghost, with thanks to Geoff Dodd for
capturing and supplying
them. Geoff grabbed a few additional shots of Springfield Road
(location of the Randall and Hopkirk office), so we've added those
to the page. With the buildings long demolished, they are quite
valuable to location spotters!
We're delighted also to announce a new
book from one of the people behind this website - Alan Hayes -
concerning the 1960 British TV series Police Surgeon. Dr Brent's
Casebook looks into this mysterious mostly-lost series and
explores its legacy. Available now from
Thursday 9th March 2017 - That's
How Blu-ray Snowballs... High quality Blu-ray grabs have today
been added to the locations page for
Murder Snowballs, with thanks to Geoff Dodd for supplying
Wednesday 1st March 2017 - What's
on at the Palace Theatre... Watching Network's glorious Blu-ray
edition of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is revealing little
details that were hard to spot on the older VHS and DVD versions of
the series. While taking a look at
Murder Snowballs today, I spotted the poster for the play
that was running at the time of exterior filming at Watford's Palace
Theatre. Take a look at the
guide page to see what. Coincidentally, it was linked to
another of my great loves, Monty Python's Flying Circus. I
also spotted an additional blooper that I'd not noticed before
(though it would have been just as apparent on the DVD - I just
missed it!). It involves the character of Snowy in the same episode.
Tuesday 14th February 2017 - All
Work and Only Five Actors... Darren Senior's
Who's Who? section
continues today with the actors featured in All Work and No Pay
- surprisingly, there are only five credited outside of the three regulars
- so here are the fruits of his latest labours:
Alfred Burke (one of my favourite
actors - if you haven't seen the Public Eye television series... do!),
Dudley Foster and
Saturday 11th February 2017 - More
Backlot Footage Confirmed... Thanks to information given in a
camera script for
Who Killed Cock
Robin, it's now been possible to confirm that several
previously unidentified sequences from this episode were filmed in
the backlot woodland area of Elstree Studios. Also today, it can be
revealed that the footage of Collins' Music Hall seen in
It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water was originally filmed
for the Ealing film Davy (1958). Thanks to Jaz Wiseman and Anthony
McKay for their valuable help in these discoveries.
Monday 6th February 2017 - It's
Supposed to be Sharper than DVD... and believe me, it is. Today,
we've added Blu-ray grabs to
Locations - It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water, with
huge thanks to Geoff Dodd, who captured them specially for our site.
Thursday 2nd February 2017 - We
Wished We Could Find the Wishing Well... and we have. We've long
deliberated over the filming location for the wishing well in
Locations - The
Smile Behind the Veil (Location 8), and thanks to an
original script provided by Vanessa Bergman, we've been able to
answer the question. The script specifies that the wishing well was
to be setup as an Elstree Studios exterior. This means that it was a
prop (which we'd guessed) sited in the perimeter woodland (which we
had only suspected).
Also today, the "Coming Soon" images
for 'Now' views of locations yet to be photographed have been
replaced with this. A nifty bit of colourising, I thought. :)
Wednesday 1st February 2017 - You
Can Always Find the Backlot... While having a leisurely watch of
Network's excellent Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Blu-rays
today, I was struck by something I'm sure I hadn't noticed before:
that in You Can Always Find a Fall Guy, the action suddenly switches
to the backlot from the Grim's Dyke entrance driveway. And on
checking our page here, I was right - we'd missed it. Mark it down
to seeing the show in HD for the first time. Anyway, it is now duly
included in the
And do buy the Blu-rays. They're bloody
Order link here.
Tuesday 31st January 2017 - The
from Somewhere... Thanks to Anthony McKay, the filming location
of the woodland scenes in
Locations - The Man from
Nowhere has been pinpointed to an area of the Elstree
backlot. Tony has also helped us nail down the Kingston locations in
that episode and
Locations - All Work and No Pay.
Friday 27th January 2017 - The Man
from Nowhere Located... As promised yesterday, there's a new
locations page added today, the first in I don't know how long!
Certainly it's been too long since the last one... These pages do
take a lot of time and effort to research and compile (this one's
been on the way since before Christmas!), but we are determined to
make the next one appear in a more reasonable timescale. So, cue
fanfare, we present
Locations - The Man from Nowhere... with thanks especially
to Tony McKay of
to Avengerland for helping me out with pinpointing the Fife
Thursday 26th January 2017 -
Who's Who in That's How Murder Snowballs... Today Darren
Senior returns to add to the Who's Who section, having written the
following new entries: Robin Askwith,
Simon Barnes, James
Belchamber, Harold Berens, Arthur Brough,
Sir David Jason,
John Styles and
Tony Thawnton. Another update tomorrow
- a new locations page!
Wednesday 25th January 2017 -
More about Ewhurst... The creation of the new features
section has led me to revisit the articles that I've migrated
there. Consequently, today I am pleased to have been able to add
a fair bit of additional detail about
the mysterious Ewhurst
Manor - Arthur de Crecy's house in the country (But What
a Sweet Little Room) - though please do be aware that there is
material of a mild adult content on these pages. I have also
found another magazine feature about the saucy goings-on at
Ewhurst and this is reproduced in full at Randall and Hopkirk
(Declassified), and is linked from the feature page. Finally,
the Ewhurst page now opens with a glorious Blu-ray grab courtesy of
24th January 2017 - New 'Tunnel of Fear' Edition of THE AVENGERS: TWO AGAINST THE UNDERWORLD...
The recent recovery of a film print of the Series 1 Avengers episode
Tunnel of Fear has led to a brand new edition of the book I
wrote with Richard McGinlay and Alys Hayes, Two Against the
Underworld. It now carries a greatly expanded and revised chapter
about this thrilling episode along with many other updates, which
include some added detail about the life and death of Juno, the
Great Dane who featured as Steed's dog Puppy, and significant
updates to the chapter that deals with the hunt for the missing
episodes. The book is available in hardcover, paperback and as EPUB
and Kindle ebooks. We apologise to previous purchasers - we only
issue new editions when there are solid reasons for doing so - and
therefore we encourage people to wait for price promotions before
buying... If you can't wait, the discount code FWD15 will save 15%
on print versions.
Important Note: The
updated paperback version for Amazon is held up, so please do not
order the Amazon version until you see the cover illustration above
(blue rather than purple).
Further details at
Monday 23rd January 2017 -
New Section added... There's work going on behind the scenes on
the next locations page - it's just taking longer to complete than
expected, so in the meantime, a couple of things to report. First is
that we have done a little re-jigging to allow for certain, more
general information that was hidden away in the Programmes section
to be given a discrete section entitled
Features. The first two features to be ported across and spruced
up concern The ITC White Jaguar
and The Hunt
of De Crecy's. Second, many thanks to Geoff Dodd for supplying a
Blu-ray grab from
But What a
Sweet Little Room that shows the Randall and Hopkirk office door
sign more clearly than I'd seen before. This has permitted me to
identify all the other companies that shared the property with our
heroes. Not of any huge import, of course, but it made me happy!
Monday 28th November 2016 -
More Added to Who's Who... Continuing in catch-up mode, today
I'm pleased to finally share Darren's actor biographies of those who
appeared in Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?:
Charles Lloyd Pack,
Mike Stevens and
Sunday 27th November 2016 -
Back to Haunt You... It's been a busy old year has 2016 and
unfortunately the Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified) site has got
something of a bum deal. It was going great guns earlier in the year
but a computer failure meant I lost all my emails, a good deal of
research materials and, after weeks of trying to get things back
together again, I have to admit, my motivation too. After a summer in
which I completed an ITC fan film that I started in 1989 (yes, a 27
year germination period!) and stayed at ITC fan mecca Portmeirion,
I'm finally getting my mojo back. At last! Apologies for the break
To begin with I'm finishing off
processing Darren Senior's Who's Who updates from The Trouble with
Women, comprising entries for
Tony Allen, Douglas Cooper,
Harry Hutchinson, Frederick
Treves, Fred Wood, and, from
The Smile Behind the Veil,
Finally, some very exciting news
is that Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) will be receiving a
High Definition release (presumably on Blu-ray) from Network in the
New Year. Check
out the pop-up teaser on their homepage!
Monday 22nd February 2016 -
Drewe Henley RIP... We're sad to report the death on 14th
February of Drewe Henley, who Randall and Hopkirk fans will remember
as Tony in A Sentimental Journey. His biography in
Who's Who? has
been revised accordingly and a small amount of additional detail has
been added. Rest in peace.
19th February 2016 -
Avengerworld a big success...
The good news is
that the Avengers book that I have compiled and edited is
already a big success. Just two weeks after
publication, it has raised £500 for the Champion Chanzige charity
and I hope the final total will be even more impressive than the
first month figure. If you've purchased, then thank you very much
indeed. I hope you find it an absorbing and entertaining read. If
you haven't bought, please consider doing so as it has some
wonderful personal stories contained in its 294 pages, and every
copy sold benefits the charity and therefore helps underprivileged
children in South Tanzania.
Hardcover (delivery time 2-3 weeks) •
Paperback (1-2 weeks)
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - More Who's Who... Darren's
updates to The Trouble with Women begin today with entries added for
Neal Arden, Edward Brayshaw,
Robert Russell and
Nik Zaran. Thanks also to Garry
Herring for tracking down the
Tyne Tees transmission
for Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave.
Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Who's Who Update... Darren's
updates to It's Supposed to
Be Thicker Than Water conclude today with entries added for
Robert Harbin and
6th February 2016 -
Avengerworld Charity Anthology out today... I'm delighted to
announce that today, to coincide with what would have been the late,
great Patrick Macnee's 94th birthday, a charity anthology that I
have co-ordinated and edited is published in his memory. The book's
been in the works for more than a year and obviously it didn't start
out as a tribute to Patrick, but the news of his sad death last year
and the focus of many essays on what an inspiration he was... it
just seemed to be the perfect thing to dedicate to one of the
greatest television heroes.
The essays (and there are 43 of
them!) take the theme "The Avengers in my life" and each
author approaches the subject from his or her unique perspective.
Fans from many nations are represented in the book and they reveal
what it was like to grow up with The Avengers in different
parts of the world - Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, the UK and the USA.
Among the writers are the
pioneering television historian Dave Rogers, who has written the
foreword - returning to write about The Avengers after more
than ten years - and Jason Whiton of
who delivers the afterword. It wouldn't be fair to highlight
specific writers beyond these two, but suffice it to say that the
quality of writing is very high throughout the book. There are names
that you may well recognise and others that will be new to you. I've
worked with all these people over the last year, and I must say it
has been a huge pleasure to co-ordinate the Avengerworld book
- one of the highlights of my time in fandom.
The book is, I believe, valuable
in the way that it documents fan experiences in different cultures
and environments, but it is doubly important in that it is a charity
title which will help improve the lives of underprivileged children
at a primary school in Chanzige, South Tanzania. Each book sold
benefits our charity partner
Chanzige, a small but very worthy organisation which makes a
real difference to the children and staff at the school.
Pre-launch sales to contributors
have meant that £183.86 has been raised for the cause already as a
result of Avengerworld purchases. I hope that this is a good
sign for the success of the book and our aim to send a lot of money
the way of Champion Chanzige.
Full details are available at
Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives.
Tuesday 2nd February 2015 - Who's Who Update... Today Darren
Senior takes a look at the following actors from It's Supposed to
Be Thicker Than Water: Graham
Armitage, Felix Aylmer,
Neil McCallum and
John A. Tinn. More soon...
Tuesday 19th January 2015 - Which Actor Killed Cock Robin?
After an extended Christmas and New Year break (we hope you had a
great time celebrating!), we're back and are continuing with filling
out the Who's Who? section. Today, it's Who Killed Cock Robin?
that Darren Senior turns his attention to, and the following pages
have therefore received updates:
Sunday 20th December 2015 - You Can Always Find an Actor...
We're full steam ahead with Who's Who? now, as Darren has now
supplied the entries for You Can Always Find a Fall Guy, meaning that the following pages have new entries:
Saturday 19th December 2015 - Actors Who Have Everything...
It's the turn of For the Girl Who Has Everything to be
tackled by Darren Senior for Who's Who?, meaning that the following pages have new entries:
Tuesday 15th December 2015 - More Who's Who... We continue
today with A Sentimental
Journey, meaning that the following pages have new entries:
Extras. Another episode to follow soon!
Monday 14th December 2015 - Who's Who... Today's Who's
Who? update by Darren Senior is centred on the episode A Sentimental
Journey, meaning that the following pages have new entries:
S. More from this episode to follow.
Sunday 13th December 2015 - The Day We Met Gloria Marsh... It
was a great pleasure today to spend some time with actress and
singer Grazina Frame who played Gloria Marsh in That's How Murder
Snowballs. Grazina kindly came to a Randall and Hopkirk get-together
to chat with us - details and photo in "And Finally..." on the
episode guide page.
Sunday 22nd November 2015 - Who's Who? - New Section... A big
day at Randall and Hopkirk's offices today, as we are delighted to
welcome Darren Senior along to front a brand new section at
Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified).
Who's Who? will grow to contain biographical information
about all actors and actresses who appeared in Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased). Darren has been working on this section for several
weeks now, and we are pleased to be able to open the doors today.
It's not yet complete, of course, but it will grow over the coming
weeks and months to become the definitive guide to the series' cast.
Sunday 11th October 2015 - New Email Address... A quick update
to inform visitors that this site's email address has changed to
21st June 2015 - High Street Shops... Thanks to Chris Bentley
for his tour of Shenley Road last night on the Avengers Dead Man's
Treasure Hunt which permitted me to photograph a few shops that have
changed hands, meaning that our 'Now...' photos in these instances
are now bang up to date. New photos have therefore been added for:
Journey (location 5C),
It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water (locations 4D & 4E),
and Money to Burn (location 3).
20th June 2015 - More on Money to Burn... Thanks to Anthony
McKay for going through our location page and making a few
suggestions, tweaks and additional identifications. See the results
here - Locations - Money
18th June 2015 - New Then and Now for Money to Burn... A brand
new location guide today, for
Money to Burn.
It'll need a few tweaks and I still have to add the aerial views
seen from Angela's plane, but for the most part it's complete.
16th June 2015 - And we're really back... There's a real
danger in telling people "we're back" when the next update is a full
nine months away.. Sorry about that! I've gone through a tough time
during the last year with ill health but all is back on track at
last, so hopefully it won't be nine months until the next tweak to
is thanks to James Owen Heath, who has dropped me a line with a
great theory about the redubbing of "Fenwick" in
But What a
Sweet Little Room. I've revised what we say in the
'Declassified' section about it as a result and James has written an
additional paragraph on the subject that is intriguing. I've also
Locations - The Smile Behind the Veil to combine Locations
3J and 3K (into 3J) as both are on Rowley Lane.
11th September 2014 - And we're back... I'm
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.
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'
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