My Partner the Ghost: Season 1, Episode 4

Never Trust a Ghost (12 Oct. 1969)
"Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" Never Trust a Ghost (original title)

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Marty sees James Howarth being murdered but when Jeff summons the police at Marty's behest Howarth is apparently alive and well. Marty finds out that 'Howarth' and his wife are impostors ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mike Pratt ...
Kenneth Cope ...
James Howarth
Caroline Blakiston ...
Karen Howarth
Donald Morley ...
Inspector Clayton
Philip Madoc ...
Edina Ronay ...
Brian Oulton ...
Dr. Plevitt


Marty sees James Howarth being murdered but when Jeff summons the police at Marty's behest Howarth is apparently alive and well. Marty finds out that 'Howarth' and his wife are impostors who have murdered the real James and Karen Howarth and hidden the corpses in the basement. However, when the police come to investigate, the murderers, who are spies out to get a list of all known British agents - have disposed of them and Jeff is discredited. He begins to doubt Marty's sanity and sends him to a ghost expert, Dr. Plevitt, who can actually see him. The doctor is impressed when Marty passes his 'ghost test' with flying colours and rings the police, who finally arrest the killers as they are about to get rid of Jeff. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The ghost who cried "Wolf!"
29 April 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Tony Williamson's 'Never Trust A Ghost' has one of the best openings to a 'R & H ( Deceased' ) episode. It is night. We are in London. Marty Hopkirk, unable to return to his grave after breaking an ancient curse, paces the empty streets, a lonely, dejected figure with nothing to do except observe a world he is no longer a part of. Spotting two lovers kissing, he shakes his head sadly and moves on. It is moments of pathos such as this that mark the original out from the Reeves and Mortimer version, which was played entirely for laughs.

Observing a brutal murder - a man named Rawson ( Philip Madoc ) shoots dead another by the name of James Howarth ( Peter Vaughan ). Marty brings Jeff to the scene ( which involves poor Jeff having to ditch his latest date, a cool looking chick named Sandra, played by Edina Ronay ), but finds Howarth alive and well, along with his wife Karen ( Caroline Blakiston ). Made to look a complete fool, Jeff apologises.

Suspecting something is not right, Marty returns to the house, and finds Rawson and the Howarths moving the corpses of the real James and Karen into the cellar. Again he summons Jeff. But by the time he arrives, the corpses have gone. So is Marty telling the truth or deliberately misleading his friend and partner?

A good episode, almost 'Department S' like at times. The Howarths have been killed and replaced by doubles as part of a complex spy operation. It has its fair share of laughs though, most notably Jeff's trying to give himself an alibi with the police by pretending to have spent the night with Jeannie ( Annette Andre ). Marty's outrage at his wife's 'infidelity' is hilarious. Brian Oulton's eccentric ghost expert is straight out of 'The Avengers'.

Pity the fight in Jeff's office has a stand-in for Philip Madoc who looks nothing like him.

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