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30 September 1979 (UK) See more »
Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective
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Trevor Eve ... 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)

Series Directed by
Marek Kanievska (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Douglas Camfield (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Paul Ciappessoni (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mike Vardy (2 episodes, 1979)
Ben Bolt (2 episodes, 1980)
Henry Herbert (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Robert Banks Stewart (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Richard Harris (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert Bennett (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dave Humphries (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Miller (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
William Hood (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Robert Banks Stewart .... producer (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Cinematography by
John Baker (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Keith Burton (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Chapman (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Elmer Cossey (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
David Feig (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Hall (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ken Westbury (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Film Editing by
Graham Walker (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Production Design by
John Hurst (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Humphrey Jaeger (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Costume Design by
Dorinda Rea (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Richard Winter (5 episodes, 1980)
Series Makeup Department
Judy Cain .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Deanne Turner .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1980)
Christine Whitney .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1979)
Series Production Management
Colin Dudley .... unit production manager / unit manager (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1980)
Series Art Department
Sid Sutton .... title sequence (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Sound Department
John Hale .... series dubbing mixer / dubbing mixer (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jerry Leon .... dubbing editor (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Frances Parker .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1980)
Charles Pitt .... film recordist (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Stephen Evans .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1980)
Nick Williams .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1979)
Masahiro Hirakubo .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1980)
Richard Boulter .... film recordist / sound recordist (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bryan Showell .... film recordist (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Taylor .... boom operator / trainee boom operator (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Special Effects by
Peter Kersey .... special effects (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Visual Effects by
John Brace .... visual effects (1 episode, 1980)
Chris Lawson .... visual effects (1 episode, 1980)
Andy Lazell .... visual effects (1 episode, 1980)
Series Stunts
Tim Condren .... stunt arranger (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Frank Henson .... stunt arranger (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Eddie Powell .... stunt arranger (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Turner .... chief electrician (3 episodes, 1979)
Ken Aylett .... chief electrician (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Editorial Department
Bernard Ashby .... chief film editor / film editor (20 episodes, 1979-1980)
Tariq Anwar .... film editor (3 episodes, 1979)
Chris Wimble .... film editor (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Paul Garrick .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1979)
John Lee .... film editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Music Department
George Fenton .... composer: theme music (9 episodes, 1980)
Series Other crew
John Watson .... assistant floor manager (10 episodes, 1980)
Phillip Bowman .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Patrick Sutton .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1979)
Bob Baker .... script editor (6 episodes, 1979)
Robert Holmes .... script editor (6 episodes, 1980)
Gary Downie .... assistant floor manager / production assistant (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norma Flint .... director's assistant / assistant to director (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Dodds .... assistant floor manager (5 episodes, 1980)
Margot Eavis .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Lidiard-White .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1979)
Chris Boucher .... script editor (4 episodes, 1980)
Carolyn Montagu .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Pauline Seager .... director's assistant / assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Alison Symington .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Andrew Buchanan .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1979)
Michael Feeney Callan .... script editor (3 episodes, 1979)
Joan Elliott .... director's assistant (3 episodes, 1979)
Nick Orchard .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1979)
Michael Treen .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1979)
John Wilcox .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1979)
Dennis Firminger .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1980)
Rachael Hogg .... director's assistant (2 episodes, 1980)
Brian Lighthill .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1980)
Joan Marine .... director's assistant (2 episodes, 1980)

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50 min (21 episodes)
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Did You Know?

The radio station was called Radio West. In 1981, shortly after the series had finished, a real-life radio station of the same name was launched in Bristol. It used a picture of Trevor Eve as Eddie Shoestring in the publicity information announcing its launch. The real-life Radio West was not very successful, but merged in 1985 with Wiltshire Radio to form the station "GWR". GWR became very successful, and has now grown into a large company whose portfolio includes stations such as CLASSIC FMSee more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A fun series, 17 December 2003
Author: lje32677 from El Cajon, California

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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