My Partner the Ghost: Season 1, Episode 15

The Man from Nowhere (28 Dec. 1969)
"Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" The Man from Nowhere (original title)

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Jeannie is approached by a man who claims to be the reincarnation of Marty. He is very convincing and she is eventually taken in - unlike the real Marty. The impostor takes her to a hotel ... See full summary »

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Jeannie is approached by a man who claims to be the reincarnation of Marty. He is very convincing and she is eventually taken in - unlike the real Marty. The impostor takes her to a hotel in the Cotswolds where the Hopkirks spent their honeymoon - shadowed by Marty and Jeff - and two other men. It transpires that the trio are robbers who buried their loot in the vicinity but had a car smash involving the Hopkirks. The false Marty lost his memory in the prang and is hoping that Jeannie can lead him to the spoils. Fortunately the real Marty - and Jeff - intervene, with Jeff claiming the reward. Written by don @ minifie-1

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As the lorry is driving along the road with Griggs and his men it, the colour of the lorry changes from green to blue. Shortly after 1 of the men says "that's Mr Randall's car," the lorry is green again. See more »

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Reincarnation - or a con-trick?
31 July 2014 | by (Worksop, England) – See all my reviews

This episode of 'Randall & Hopkirk ( Deceased )' - written by Donald James and directed by Robert Tronson - has one of the most memorable openings of the series - the sight of 'Jeannie' ( Annette Andre ) taking a shower. Alright, so there is a pane of frosted glass between her and the camera, but it does not diminish the frisson. Alerted by sounds coming from the lounge, she goes to investigate ( putting on a dressing gown first ) and finds a strange man ( Ray Brooks ) reclining on the settee. He claims to be Marty's reincarnation. Naturally, she does not believe him, and neither does Jeff, but over time she is charmed by him. Jeff investigates his claim to have been involved in a car crash in the Cotswolds, near a pub called 'The Duke Of Cumberland'. Two crooks - 'Hyde Watson' ( Michael Gwynn ) and 'Mannering' ( Patrick Newell, who at that time would have been playing 'Mother' in 'The Avengers' ) - are interested in him too...

Needless to say, Brooks isn't Marty after all, but a crook trying to locate his missing loot ( he'd been involved in a car accident with the honeymooning Hopkirks and lost his memory ). The episode is good partly because of the intriguing mystery at its heart, but also because Brooks is so likable you almost think he might be telling the truth. Some comic mileage is to had from Marty behaving as though Jeannie is still his wife, even though he is now dead. The Newell and Gwynn characters are a pair of camp, elegantly-dressed crooks who seem to have wandered out of 'The Avengers'. Neil McCarthy is around too, then appearing in the first season of 'Catweazle' in which he played farm worker 'Sam'. Some nice location shots of Woburn Abbey round off another enjoyable instalment of the cult fantasy detective show.


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