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->''She can't see me, Jeff! I chose you. You're the only one.''
-->-- Marty Hopkirk to Jeff Randall

->''Why can't you stay dead like anyone else?''
-->-- Jeff Randall to Marty Hopkirk

''Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)'' is a BuddyCopShow (well, Buddy ''DetectiveDrama'') from the 1960s with a difference. When Marty Hopkirk, of the Randall and Hopkirk private detective agency, dies in a hit-and-run, everyone including his partner, Jeff Randall, assumes it was a tragic accident. That is, until someone insists that it wasn't, it was murder, and Jeff must investigate.

Why does Jeff believe them? Well... because the person who insists ''is'' Marty, in ghostly form (denoted by his white suit), has every reason to believe he was murdered and you can't get a better witness than that! Actually, you can, because [[SpiritAdvisor only Jeff (and the odd psychic) can see and hear Marty]] so he can't exactly give a testimony. So together Jeff and Marty try to solve the murder and Marty can rest in peace... or he could, if he hadn't stayed out of his grave too long, so now he's stuck on Earth. It's not too bad, though, as having a ghost for a partner who has a few useful powers--walking through walls, teleportation, the ability to shatter glass and call up gusts of wind, telekinesis (though this is just to make up for Marty's intangibility, anyway)--is quite handy on cases.

On the other hand, it is very trying to be in a LoveTriangle where the girl you like can't even see your rival and he gets stroppy with you for pursuing her anyway... to be fair, though, she is his widow. That and people think you're crazy because of all the (real) {{Dead Person Conversation}}s you keep having.

It ran 26 episodes from 1969 to 1970 on {{ITV}}, starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope. It had a {{Remake}} in 2000 (by {{the BBC}}, [[ChannelHop curiously]]) for a moderately successful 13-episode run over two seasons as ''Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)'' (note the ampersand), a much sillier series (though the original was silly, too... just not nearly ''as'' silly) featuring ComedyDuo Vic Reeves (as Marty) and Bob Mortimer (as Jeff). The revival series also added extra powers and Wyvern, a ghostly tutor for Marty, played by Creator/TomBaker.
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!!The original series provides examples of:

* BuddyCopShow: With private detectives instead of policemen.
* DeadPersonConversation: Whenever someone sees Jeff talking to Marty.
* DetectiveDrama
* InstrumentalThemeTune: All harpsichord-y and eerie, evoking both cop shows and genre shows of the era.
* LoveTriangle: (a [[TriangRelations No. 7]] but with b. being dead) Jeff and Marty over Marty's now widow, Jeannie Hopkirk.
* MarketBasedTitle: The original series aired in America as ''My Partner, the Ghost'' because [[ExecutiveMeddling network execs]] once again assumed that {{Viewers are Morons}} and that Americans wouldn't know what ''deceased'' means, or were unaware that it isn't (or wasn't at the time) rare to put (Deceased) after a dead partner's name in many sorts of companies.
* MultitaskedConversation: Jeff and Marty have a lot of these.
* NameAndName
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* SpiritAdvisor: Only Jeff (and the rare one-off character) can see and hear Marty.
* TooDumbToLive: Jeannie, almost constantly.
* WhoDunnitToMe
* YouCanSeeMe: When Marty runs into someone besides Jeff who can see him for whatever reason he may use this sentence.

!!In addition to many of the above, the remake provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jeannie is ''much'' more savvy and sensible than in the original series -- the first time we see her in the remake, she ''knocks a man out by karate chopping him in the face''.
* BritishBrevity: Two seasons of six and seven episodes respectively. (The original series doesn't count because it got a full US-style season, having been made with sale to the US in mind.)
* CoolOldGuy: Wyvern.
* CreatorCameo: Or rather, producer; CharlieHigson appears in virtually every episode, sometimes in small walk-on parts but occasionally in bigger roles.
* DeadpanSnarker: Marty.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Freya Cargill]] turns out to have been fatally electrocuted long before her appearance in the episode "Revenge of the Bog People," and so resorts to appearing in places such as a hospital and a fitness club so that her ghostly white attire won't be conspicuous to Jeff.
* EditedForSyndication: The BBC America airings were completely botched by this.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: One episode sees Jeff hired to protect a former civil servant who is in danger from various political groups [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and a jilted former lover)]] due to a speech he's about to give which will potentially blow the lid on a number of political scandals. When he actually gives the speech, it turns out that the "scandals" are such common knowledge -- like the existence of the Mafia, and the fact that a few government ministers are homosexual -- that everyone involved is left feeling like an idiot for ever being worried.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Marty has several powers (particularly his memory wipe) that could have been useful several times throughout the series, but never get mentioned again. Justified in the case of his "Sleepwalking" powers, as it tends to screw up his other powers, and makes Marty feel whatever Jeff happens to be feeling at the time (which is quite problematic, given Jeff's habit of drinking himself to sleep).
* FrightDeathtrap
* HauntedTechnology: One of Marty's first post-death appearances to Jeff was in a FirstPersonShooter video game.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Pretty much everyone; aside from the main cast, regulars from ''TheFastShow'' would show up almost constantly in guest roles (as they always have done in Reeves and Mortimer productions).
* InstrumentalThemeTune: More "sultry sixtiesish" and James Bond-y than the original series' theme.
* LoveTriangle: Shows up in the original, but pushed more in the remake: In the new series, Jeannie is Marty's fiancée and her surname is Hurst.
* MindScrew: Marty's "sleepwalking" ability has the side-effect of giving Jeff some seriously surreal nightmares based on what Marty and his ghostly buddy Nesbitt are doing.
** MindRape gets subverted however -- Marty is the one whose head (temporarily) gets messed up as a result of the sleepwalking, while Jeff just thinks he had a ''really'' strange dream, which he blames on the booze he was drinking the night before.
* MoodWhiplash: The last episode. While the series in general was darker and more serious than most of what Vic and Bob have done, the final episode still stood out.
* TheOtherDarrin: Felia was played by Jessica Hynes in the first season, and replaced by Pauline Quirke for her sole appearance in the second season. Considering that her characterisation seemed to totally change between the two seasons (Hynes's version was confident and self-assertive, but Quirke's version was a neurotic crybaby with OCD), it seems kind of strange that they bothered to keep her as the same character.
* {{Remake}}
* ShoutOut: The finale episode has what at first glance appears to be a reference to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', with a mysterious figure in a chair watching Jeff and Jeannie's progress through the store, only for it to turn out that [[spoiler:the figure is actually a mostly-decomposed skeleton]]. In actual fact it's a reference to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Death to the Daleks", which has a near-identical scene (the finale episode was co-written by Creator/MarkGatiss, a famous ''Doctor Who'' fan who would subsequently become a writer on that show's revival in 2005).
* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]]: Many consider the 2000-01 series to be a prototype of sorts for the 2005 ''Series/DoctorWho'' relaunch. In addition to the obvious link of having Creator/TomBaker as Wyvern, as well as Creator/DavidTennant as the man who [[spoiler:kills Hopkirk]] in the first episode, many of the production team on the ''Randall & Hopkirk'' remake would later pop up on ''Doctor Who'', including writers Creator/MarkGatiss and Gareth Roberts, as well as composer Murray Gold.
* WeddingDay: Poor Jeannie finds out at the altar about her fiancé's demise.
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