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bobbie22 | 00:00 Mon 22nd Feb 2021 | Media & TV
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I have been watching an episode of Columbo. It’s the one starring Gene Barry. I think it was the first one, made . It’s hard to believe it’s over 50 years ago.. I like Columbo, and I have seen them all

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Yes , I don't think there are many episodes I haven't seen .

They are showing wall to wall episodes on USA TV on Sundays
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Yes, I have recorded two. But I have seen them. It’s better recorded because There are so many ads
It is amazing to think 59 years, bobbie. I looked up Gene Barry tonight, he died in 2009, aged 90. I enjoy the programme too. I wondered what the fascination was that Patrick McGoohan had with the series, appearing in 4 episodes and directing 5 in all.
Peter Falk wasn't the first choice to play the character

Can you imagine anyone else in the role , now ?
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Who was the first one. I have forgotten ?
I love Columbo. Even if you’ve seen an episode and you know how he finds out who did it, it’s still fun to watch.
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He was fairly nasty in this episode but it all changed and he was totally different in later episodes calm and cool
That poor old coat he wore - makes Vera look like she was dressed by Hartnell or YSL!
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Yes I have seen Patrick mcgoohan episodes. There was even one with Johnny cash
Amazing list of people involved in it over the years - Steven Spielberg directed one episode!
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I have probably seen the one with the dentist about ten times. I will probably watch again if it comes on
The Columbo TV series started 50 years ago, in 1971. The storyline you've been watching ('Prescription Murder) was actually filmed as a one-off TV movie three years earlier, as a re-working of a 1962 stage play which, in turn, had been derived from a single 1960 episode of a TV mystery series.

The movie spawned a successor movie and then 67 episodes of the TV series. So it obviously had some merit to it in the eyes of TV executives ;-)
They are always interesting shows. I really like his "trade-marks": his rumpled rain-coat; the old car; the ever-present stogie' the "Oh, yes Sir, there's just one more thing bothering me" (as he's about to leave); and his pretended deference to the suspect leading to their feeling of superiority towards this mere detective, and which in turn, leads to their eventual down-fall.
Love Colombo. Brilliant format .... but I haven't watched it for ages.

Note to self: search Colombo tomorrow.
Out of interest, can anyone think of any other TV crime series which always started by telling its viewers who committed the crime and how they did it? I can't!
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No I can’t think of another show like this
No, I don't think I can either, Chris. That's why I say it's a great format. Unique I think.
This has reminded me of another programme from that era, one my father absolutely loved: The Rockford Files. Haven't seen one of them for a long, long time.
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I liked that too James Garner
Not a film but a novel. The first Ruth Rendell book I read, 'A Judgement in Stone', has the opening sentence, "If Eunice Parchman could read she would not now be serving a life sentence for murder." I was fascinated.

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