Just for the Record (Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased))
Just for the record is the sixth episode of the popular 1969 ITC British television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 25 October 1969 on ITV. Directed by Jeremy Summers.
|"Just for the Record"|
|Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Jeremy Summers|
|Written by||Donald James|
|Original air date||26 October 1969|
Jeff Randall and Jeannie are given work as escorts for a beauty contest featuring beautiful women from around the world. While Jeff begins a romantic involvement with the attractive Miss Moscow, Marty quickly becomes aware that Jeannie's charge, Miss London, is an undercover spy interested in valuable documents. Severing alarm systems at the vault in order to let her employer, Mr. Harold Pargiter, steal files with an electronic arm, the facts of the case are figured out by Marty whilst Jeff is understandably too busy with Miss Moscow to take any notice.
It transpires that Henry VIII look-alike Pargiter (Ronald Radd) believes that his ancestors' family titles and deeds were stolen by King John in the 13th century, and that he should have been King Harold the Fourteenth. Determined to state his place as heir to the throne - an activity that turns his henchwomen Miss London Anne Soames against him, mistakenly believing they were out to rob banks and valuable documents.
Pargiter is tracked down to his warehouse headquarters by Jeff. However, Jeff is beaten by Pargiter's henchmen, named the "Lords" of Dorking and Surrey, and Jeff and Miss London are bound and are both sentenced to be burnt for treason. Pargiter's henchmen set fire to the warehouse but Jeff eventually escapes with Marty's help in smashing the alarm bell. Miss London is rounded up by the police. Driving along the Thames Marty stands atop the car and sees Pargiter and his Lords on a boat. They track him and eventually see them transferring to a maroon classic car with a personalised Harold 14th number plate. The insane Pargiter is eventually trapped by Jeff, the police and some fortuitously bad parking by a lorry driver, and in true monarch style he abdicates to Jeff before he is arrested. Back at Jeff's apartment, Jeff gets another chance with Miss Moscow but is inadvertently interrupted by Jeannie, leaving her to jump to conclusions that Jeannie is Jeff's lover, walking out on him. Jeff to be left alone for his cup of tea.
- Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall
- Kenneth Cope as Marty Hopkirk
- Annette Andre as Jeannie Hopkirk
- Ronald Radd .... Pargiter
- Olivia Hamnett .... Anne Soames
- Nosher Powell .... Lord Dorking
- Danny Green .... Lord Surrey
- Jan Rossini .... Miss Moscow
- Michael Beint .... Senior Official
- Jack Woolgar .... Old Man
- Katya Wyeth .... Miss Budapest (as Kathja Wyeth)
- Clifford Cox .... Attendant
- Ken Watson .... Police Sergeant
Video and DVD release
The episode was released on VHS and several times on DVD with differing special features. Silent behind-the-scenes footage of this episode was included as an extra on the fourth region 2 DVD. Shot by a 2nd unit crew using stand-ins for the leads, the sequence ran to 1'06m.