Shoestring (1979–1980)

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Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective

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Series cast summary:
 Eddie Shoestring (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Michael Medwin ...
 Don Satchley (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Doran Godwin ...
 Erica Bayliss (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Liz Crowther ...
 Sonia (21 episodes, 1979-1980)


Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective

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Release Date:

30 September 1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Radioetsivä  »

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(21 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Robert Holmes was brought in as script editor having previously enjoyed an excellent working relationship with producer Robert Banks Stewart on two Doctor Who serials, when Holmes had been the script editor and Banks Stewart had been commissioned as a writer by him. See more »


Referenced in Being Human: The Greater Good (2013) See more »

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A fun series
17 December 2003 | by (El Cajon, California) – See all my reviews

Shoestring, starring: Trevor Eve, Doran Godwin, Michael Medwin and Liz Crowther, is a fun series. Fans, being the resourceful people that we are, share things we enjoy. I would have never gotten to see some of the great British TV series, if I had not met someone on the internet who had introduced me to something that intrigued them. Shoestring is one of those series.

It is the story of a frumpy, private investigator called Eddie Shoestring(Trevor Eve). He had a nervous breakdown while working as a computer analyst and smashed his computer with a hammer. He was instituionalized. After a short period of counseling his psychologist taught him to use art as a stress releaser, so when he begins to get nervous he draws caractures of the object of his stress. Eddie lives in the upper room of a terraced house in Bristol, England. His landlady is the Solicitor Erica Bayliss(Doran Godwin) who works with the police. Eddie is often out of work and owes Erica back rent, but she has a soft spot for him, if not an available g-spot. The fact that these two have a sexual relationship is obvious from the beginning.

Following a widespread British pattern, the local radio station, Radio West, occaisionally invites local people on for interview. The station manager, Don Satchley(Michael Medwin) invites Erica for an interview to help locals with dealing with the police. Radio West is in the process of it's own scandal. It's star Presenter, David Cairn(William Russell), is having a relationship with a young, local prostitute. In the process of visiting one of her clients, she cracks up, steals Cairns Rolls Royce and dies of hypothermia on the beach due to a drug and alcohol overdose. Satchley is at a loss of what to do and asks Erica for help. She introduces Satchley to Shoestring and Eddie solves the mystery. Satchley is impressed with Eddie's abilities and after a suggestion by their receptionist, Sonia(Liz Crowther) hires Eddie to be the station's "Private Ear". Eddie now provides a free service to the public. They write to him and if the need is interesting, he investigates it and the relates the stories on the aire, leaving out the real names, of course to protect the privacy of the listener.

The chemistry between all the actors makes this a fun series. It is lite entertainment that I wish would be available to the general public. There is a large fan base for it and even an unofficial website for fans.

Mr. Eve left the series because of a fear that he would be stereotyped. He had a valid concern. This series would have run for several years. It was that good. But now Mr. Eve has a wider fan base, both in the US and Great Britain, because of his excellant work in film and stage. I hope, now that he has the rights to the show, he might consider releasing it on vhs or dvd.

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