The greatest fictional detective...

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 03 Mar 2021, 07:47

C wrote:....it's got to be Columbo

I am a massive fan and addict.

I have seen every episode umpteen times

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There is a great episode, starring Patrick McGoohan, and directed by him.
Lots of fun, inside jokes and such! Love it.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 03 Mar 2021, 09:49

ConnyOlivetti wrote:
C wrote:....it's got to be Columbo

I am a massive fan and addict.

I have seen every episode umpteen times

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There is a great episode, starring Patrick McGoohan, and directed by him.
Lots of fun, inside jokes and such! Love it.


McGoohan directed five Columbo episodes (including three of the four in which he appeared), one of which he also wrote and two of which he also produced

The episode Patrick wrote, Ashes to Ashes, is a corker - he plays a funeral director and his daughter Catherine McGoohan plays his character's assistant








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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby GoogaMooga » 03 Mar 2021, 10:12

"Beck" is also popular in Denmark, I have all the novels and the complete series on DVD. It was shown on UK TV, Zilth Pilchards has mentioned it before.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 03 Mar 2021, 15:24

Beck!? Ffs!
It's crap!
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 03 Mar 2021, 15:35

ConnyOlivetti wrote:Beck!? Ffs!
It's crap!


Now, now Conny

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Mar 2021, 19:37

C wrote:McGoohan directed five Columbo episodes (including three of the four in which he appeared), one of which he also wrote and two of which he also produced

The episode Patrick wrote, Ashes to Ashes, is a corker - he plays a funeral director and his daughter Catherine McGoohan plays his character's assistant.

I think Agenda For Murder is my favorite of the McGoohans.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 03 Mar 2021, 21:21

Charlie O. wrote:
C wrote:McGoohan directed five Columbo episodes (including three of the four in which he appeared), one of which he also wrote and two of which he also produced

The episode Patrick wrote, Ashes to Ashes, is a corker - he plays a funeral director and his daughter Catherine McGoohan plays his character's assistant.

I think Agenda For Murder is my favorite of the McGoohans.


Oscar Finch - yes that's a good one!

By Dawn's Early Light is possibly my favourite - apparently it was McGoohan's too

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Mar 2021, 21:24

Yep, that was real good too.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 03 Mar 2021, 21:28

Charlie O. wrote:Yep, that was real good too.


All the McGoohan episodes were great ditto Jack Cassidy [David Cassidy's dad]

Murder by the Book
- that was a good 'un!

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 03 Mar 2021, 21:46

Jack Cassidy always rubbed me the wrong way, somehow. I like those episodes (particularly Now You See Him), but mostly in spite of him.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

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Geezee wrote:I think I've mentioned this in the past but i think it's a shame that the best of the "Nordic Noir" series never really became very well-known outside of Sweden (and Germany, I think), which is Beck. The Beck series predates The Killing and the rest of the Nordic Noir series - the books are from the 60s and 70s and a handful of movies from the 70s and 80s, but it's really the TV series from the mid-90s onwards that are the best, largely because of the emergence of one of the best Swedish actors of the last 30 years Mikael Persbrandt who actually plays second fiddle to Beck but chews up every scene he's in. And while the series can be quite dark and violent, there are always a handful of predictable, offbeat Columbo-like moments - mainly Beck's relationship with his eccentric neighbour - that provide necessary relief.

I would also highlight the original Wallenders as well, especially while the much-missed Johanna Sallstrom played the daughter. And a recent series called Rebecka Martinsson started very promisingly with the amazing Ida Engvoll but unfortunately she left for the second series (although not strictly a detective).



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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 04 Mar 2021, 10:16

Charlie O. wrote:Jack Cassidy always rubbed me the wrong way, somehow.


That's really interesting. I always thought Jack brought a certain'edge' to the episodes he was in.

I rated him!

Now You See Him is certainly a corker - a fave!

Sgt Wilson is in that one which is even better!

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Flower » 04 Mar 2021, 15:27

I forgot about "Mannix" .. I used to watch the show all the time.

I only remembered because I watched "Good Neighbor Sam" last night and saw Mike Connors. :)
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Mar 2021, 17:41

For the Columbo fans...


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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby mudshark » 27 Mar 2021, 20:41

This is really funny. Thank you very much.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 27 Mar 2021, 21:06

I watched it three times in a row. He absolutely killed, and didn't break character for a millisecond. Fantastic.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 28 Mar 2021, 14:34

Charlie O. wrote:For the Columbo fans...




Yes - seen this before.

Just brilliant

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Samoan wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Got to be Rebus for me, but not on TV. Solves crimes by hanging around Edinburgh bars, drinking with unsavoury types. Sounds like the perfect job.

I haven't read any of the novels but Rebus is a big favourite of mine too although not John Hannah's Rebus but Ken Stott. I think he's incredibly attractive, particularly his accent.


The books are excellent, the TV shows fall down on the casting; despite both men being great actors neither are Rebus as he is a late middle aged former para who tried out for the SAS, and neither of them could pass basic training let alone special forces stuff looking at them, even as young men.

But it did have Fish in one episode so that is a plus
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