Just One More Thing...

Episode 70 – Just One More Thing…

Episode seventy of the Columbo Podcast looks back on the series, its highs and lows, triumphs and disasters. In this podcast Gerry and Iain revisit episode one, answer questions submitted by the listeners and cast their eyes forward to future endeavours.

 

 

Amongst the mysteries tackled in this episode are:

 

  • Has Iain learned anything about Columbo during the first sixty nine episodes?
  • What goes into putting an episode of the podcast together?
  • Who was the show’s most sympathetic killer?
  • Which of Columbo’s tropes is the most appealing?
  • What will Iain and Gerry’s next project be?

and

  • What next for the Columbo Podcast?

 

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  • Largo

    Blast! Wouldn’t you know it — I overslept! But I’ve got this podcast downloaded via iTunes and onto my iPod. Now I’ve got to hurray and get ready for work and then catch my bus! However, my bus buddies will prevent me from listening to said podcast because these ladies really like to gab in the morning. So please stay tuned — I’ll get back to you guys about Episode 70 of your Columbo Podcast ….

  • CarlosMu

    thanks for the terrific podcast, you guys did an amazing job.

    My favorite podcast episode was “Murder a self-portrait” for two reasons: M.D. Hammer and mon oncle.

    Sledge Hammer it is! I see the DVD set is $18 on Amazon…

    • Thanks Carlos. We’ve really appreciated your support and contributions throughout the run. Hope you stick with us for the new show!

    • Largo

      EEGAH!!! Spoilers, Carlos! There are folks who haven’t had a chance to listen to this podcast, dude! I gotta get back to work now. Be seeing you!

      P.S. — Fortunately, both seasons of Sledge Hammer! are available on YouTube!

    • Heir_to_Blairmore

      I have this recurring dream where I am on a toboggan and I fall in love with a French girl. Hmmm, sledge…amour…but what can it mean?

    • Largo

      Hey there, Carlos!

      Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
      Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

      http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

  • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

    Yay!!! Can’t wait to listen on my way to work. Got some bad news last night and need some laughs and a good podcast!! Thanks. So, sounds like it’s Sledgehammer. Cool.

  • Jenn Zuko

    Ah so I need to get my butt from Colorado to Glasgow in order to see Gerry?
    …Actually, a pint in Scotland sounds like a blast. You all frequent a bar that looks like Artie Jessup’s “place of business,” no doubt, yes?

    What sort of “digital” day job do you do?

    • Largo

      “Actually, a pint in Scotland sounds like a blast.”

      Indeed! Stay thirsty, my friends! 🙂

      • Jenn Zuko

        It’d be a heckuva long plane ride….

        • Largo

          Indeed! But that long plane ride would be worth it! We’d get to meet Gerry and Iain and share some pints and have good conversations. Or even better, we could all get slightly inebriated and then get heavily involved in reenacting our favorite Columbo scenes together! Now how cool would that be, eh? 🙂

          • Jenn Zuko

            So very cool. Hm. I wonder if I could raise the $ via a Kickstarter…

          • Largo

            Yes, that’s the ticket! 🙂

  • digger01

    Looking forward to listening to the last episode! I’ve been pretty lax about commenting during the ABC episode run, but I’ve enjoyed reading the takes of Largo, Ian, salty, Kieran, Carlos, Roberto, Red, and all the other great commenters. I’m fortunate to have been a part of such an awesome community.

    Many thanks again to Iain and Gerry. I’ll be seeing you along the trail of your next adventure!

    • Thanks digger!

    • Largo

      Great to see you, Digger! Thanks for ‘de-lurking’ and chiming in here! Although I wish you could have contributed a lot more during the revival series of Columbo episodes, I can understand why you were reluctant to do so — those ABC Mystery Movies just weren’t the same as the classic Columbo movies on NBC. Still, I just wish you could have stopped by to help me and the forum gang rip on some of those ABC Columbo clunkers!

      Thank you so much for your forum friendship here, Digger! I look forward to interacting with you further on Gerry and Iain’s next podcast project and forum! Be seeing you! 🙂

      • digger01

        Thanks, Largo! You sure were the life of the party around here, and I’ve appreciated the effort and humor you always put into your posts (not to mention the pictures of all those hotties!)

        It’s true, there just isn’t much for me to admire about the ABC revival of Columbo. Everything about it was second-rate. The production values were cheaper, the caliber of actors was lower, the music was cheesy, and the scripts were usually forced. But I did re-watch the episodes each week and it was fun watching you tear them apart!

        I’m looking forward to watching Sledge Hammer for the first time and following the podcast… I remember when it was first on television, but have never seen it. Hope to see you there!

        • Largo

          Thank you so much for your kind words, Digger! Yeah, sometimes I got carried away with those posts of mine. I ran the whole gamut here on the forum: from total seriousness and sincerity to outright parody and crazy eight bonkers type antics. But if I made any of you laugh or smile every once and awhile, it was all worth it. I sure had a lot of fun writing up those forum posts and it helped me to let off a little of the ‘steam’ built up from some of the more frustrating and dissatisfying ABC revival episodes of Columbo.

          The ABC Network has always had a reputation for cheapness and sleazy sensationalism. Universal Studios in the 1990s was so much different than it was in the late Sixties and early Seventies. And so the Columbo series as a whole sure suffered quite a bit because of these factors. It’s a wonder that there were some above average episodes thrown in there — with even a few of them rising up to the classic level of the original NBC Columbo Mystery Movies.

          Overall, Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo is still one tough act to follow. So Inspector Sledge Hammer will suffer greatly by comparison. Digger, your criticisms of the ABC Columbo series can also be applied to the Sledge Hammer sitcom: cheesy, cheap and rather forced humor in the scripts. I’m not sure if ol’ Sledge will be your cup of tea, but I’m willing to trudge along with you and the rest of the forum gang through this series. Besides, I’d like to hear what Gerry and Iain have to say about this goofball cop show parody. Thanks again for your words of appreciation, Digger! Be seeing you! 🙂

        • Peter

          As mentioned, I think many of the newer episodes were as good as the old ones. I think many of us like the original run because it is so nostalgic to watch them. I was watching the original run in grade school and junior high school.

          • That was my opinion until watching everything through for this podcast. But with everything freshly in mind, I just can’t put the ABC episodes in with NBCs, quality-wise. With just a few exceptions, of course. I tried telling myself they’re of a different time, etc. but can’t get away from the idea the older ones are just better as a whole. There are very few of the new ones I’ll revisit, but very few of the originals that I won’t.

    • Peter

      I liked the newer episodes on ABC but didn’t comment on them as I can’t stream them on Netflix

      • I think a lot of folks had that issue. Hopefully one day it will be resolved!

  • Roberto

    Many thanks to Gerry and Iain for a fantastic journey through the Columbo years. You guys did it with grace, honesty, profanity, and humor (not necessarily in that order)! And happy trails to the many great folk on this community forum.

    All the best.

  • Ian Baxter

    Appreciate you guys taking the time to do this show and answer the questions, I’d forgotten I’d sent quite so many but very interesting to hear your thoughts on Columbo and the whole podcast experience.

    I will be putting on the old thinking cap regarding the ingredients that go into making a great Columbo plot. Initial thoughts are to base it around two podcasting friends where one is stabbed in the neck, and the alibi is created by editing him back into the show… but I don’t want to give Gerry too many ideas and, no offence but I’m not sure either of you guys are famous enough to be our killer 🙂

    We could go for a return killer and have Ian Buchanan come back!

    Anyway, really pleased your keeping an open mind about further Columbo related podcasts! Looking forward to ‘Sledge Hammer!’ Thanks again.

    • Thanks Ian. That plot sounds promising!

    • Largo

      Well, that’s the premiere issue of Marvel’s Sledge Hammer comic book that you have pictured there, Ian. But look who is on the cover of the second issue! It’s the ‘Web Head’ himself! But is it really ol’ Spidey or just some imposter, huh?

      • I actually have both issues here, ready to read!

        • Largo

          That’s so awesome! Please read selected portions from these comic books every so often on your upcoming podcasts! 🙂

  • Largo

    Thank you so much for doing this Q & A episode of the Columbo Podcast, Gerry and Iain. I apologize for not sending in any questions for you gentlemen to answer, but I’m really glad that my pal, Ian Baxter, sent so many in to you. Thank you, Ian — your questions for the CPT and their responses to them were really fun and interesting to listen to, eh! Great stuff! 🙂

    Once again I need to thank Gerry and Iain for their wonderful Colombo Podcasts and this discussion forum. I was overjoyed to hear that both of you gentlemen will be continuing to maintain this website and checking in on the forum as well as posting some updates and possibly some more specials, too! Yeah, I’m very reluctant to give this site up, eh! But I’ll be along for the ride on your next podcasting venture, because I’m not willing to say goodbye to my Scottish pals at this juncture. Gerry and Iain, so long for now and thanks for all the fish great Columbo podcasts! Be seeing you! 🙂

    • Thanks Largo. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new podcast when it comes!

  • Ian Baxter

    Thought I’d have a go at answering some questions…

    Top gotcha…
    ‘Candidate for Crime’ and the missing bullet from the wall, maybe ’cause I’m in the mood to see a few politicians meet their comeuppance!

    Top Murderer…
    So many, but Jack Cassidy as The Great Santini has to be in the mix. Love the exchange between them on the stage.

    Favourite Columbo Episode…
    ‘Swansong’ – it’s my list so I’m picking it 🙂

    Favourite Trope…
    The phone calls Columbo receives wherever he is, who needs mobiles! (sorry but ‘Dog’ gets the razzie)

    Favourite Columbo Scene/Moment…
    As Gerry already nabbed the exchange in the car with Dr Keppel then I’ll go for the genius of Greenhouse Jungle and Columbo’s fall down the hill.

    Favourite ColumboPodcast episode…
    Oddly enough I think it’s ‘Dagger of the Mind’

    Favourite Columbo Female character…
    The Mrs Baxter who celebrated her birthday in ‘By Dawn’s Early Light’

    • digger01

      I’m right with you on many of these, Ian!

      The gotcha in Candidate For Crime was one of the best, and I also really like the trap Columbo set for Commissioner Halperin in A Friend In Deed.

      I fully agree with Jack Cassidy as the top murderer. His performances really nail the nuances of arrogance, swarthy charm, and internal implosion as Columbo closes in.

      My favorite single moment might well be the fall down the hill in Greenhouse Jungle. It just perfectly (if accidentally) portrays Columbo’s “genius in disguise” bumbling nature. It’s also funny as hell.

      Great picks!

      • Largo

        Hey there, Digger!

        Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
        Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

        http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

    • Largo

      Blast! Ian Baxter and Digger are beating me to the punch on this list making stuff! I’m in a very competitive mood this morning and I just got to chime in with my two-cents worth, eh! 🙂

      Largo’s Top ‘Gotcha!’: Easily the ‘Gotcha’ from “Suitable For Framing.” So sweet!

      Largo’s Top Murderer: Patrick McGoohan in four different Columbo episodes!!!

      Largo’s Favorite Columbo episode: “Identity Crisis” — ’cause of all that double-naught spy stuff!

      Largo’s Favorite Trope: Everything involved with Columbo’s 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet.

      Largo’s Favorite Columbo ‘Cat & Mouse’ Scene: The whole exchange with Dr. Keppel on the golf course from “Double Exposure.”

      Largo’s Favorite Columbo Podcast: Ditto — “Dagger Of The Mind.”

      Largo’s Favorite Fabulous Columbo Babe: It’s a triple tie between Joanna Cameron (Lorna McGrath from “Negative Reaction”), Trisha Noble (Marcy Hubbard from “Playback”) and Jennifer Sky (Vanessa Farrow from “Columbo Likes The Nightlife”).

    • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

      I’m gonna join in too!! Yay!!
      Top Gotcha. ‘Suitable for Framing’. It’s totally unexpected, sneaky, and a little bit smug. I love the look on Kingston’s face when the realization hits him. Deee-licious!
      Top Murderer. Tough one, but I’m going with Culp. He’s the perfect arrogant murderer who gets cut down to size by underestimating my working-class-kid-makes-good hero Columbo. Also, all Culp’s characters seem just at the point of exploding and I think that tension adds to the interaction between him and Falk.
      Favorite Episode. ‘Murder By the Book’.
      Favorite Trope. The Peugeot!!!
      Favorite Columbo Scene/Moment. When Brenner/McGoohan say’s “Be seeing you” to Columbo/Falk in ‘Identity Crisis’.
      Favorite ColumboPodcast episode. ‘Murder a Self Portrait’. Mon Oncle, Hammer Time. Enough said.
      Favorite Columbo Female Character. Ruth Gordon’s Abigail Mitchell. I totally buy her strength, and sorrow at the death of her niece. The interactions between Mitchell and Columbo seem very authentic.
      Favorite Columbo haircut. Suzanne Pleshette in ‘Dead Weight’.

      • Largo

        “Favorite Columbo haircut?” Hmmmm. That’s a good question, Daphne! At this juncture, I’d have to go with Jennifer Sky in Columbo Likes The Nightlife. But the absolute worst hair is definitely that atrocious Lego-like wig that Vera Miles wore in Lovely But Lethal.

        • Ian Baxter

          Haircut award goes to Columbo himself… when he visits Darryl in ‘Old Fashioned Murder’ 🙂

          • Largo

            I …. I got nothing, Ian! 😉

          • “Haircut award goes to Columbo himself…”

            I second that!

    • Peter

      Swan song to me has most sympathetic villain. Can you imagine being married to that shrew!

  • Johnny

    Any chance of covering The Columbo Collection book by Link? I really enjoyed it.

    • Never say never!

      • Largo

        Exactly — just like legendary Scottish actor, Sean Connery, back in 1983!!!

    • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

      That would be awesome!!!

  • The end of an era! (Future sporadic offerings notwithstanding.) A wonderful last podcast for Columbo, gents. Have to say, my heart fell when I read “Sledge Hammer!” in the comments before I listened to the actual cast. Both the missus and I had our hearts set on Mr. Creek (or almost any of the other selections). Never even heard of Sledge Hammer, but I will say that, after listening, I found Sledge Hammer’s pilot episode on YouTube and found myself letting loose a few spontaneous chuckles as I watched. So I’m in for the ride. Truth is, I’d have been in for the ride, regardless. I’ll wait for the first cast to come across this feed and pick up the website and such from that. Thanks again for such a great ride, here.

    • Ian Baxter

      I was still holding out for Monk. I’ve just finished watching the box set and thought it excellent, with a lot of nods to Columbo. Had a sneaky peek at Sledge Hammer, and working on the theory that the worst Columbo episode made for some of the best podcasts, I’m looking forward to it 🙂

      • Largo

        Hey, Ian — I’ve got an idea! A real good idea! How about the two of us just watching Monk instead of Sledge Hammer! — and then conversing about what we’ve seen and comparing notes on the soon to be new forum? 😉

    • Like we say in the podcast, the biggest reason for Sledge Hammer is the relatively short time commitment required in comparison to Columbo. We could’ve taken a longer hiatus then come back with a big show, but we thought keeping things going was a better idea.

      • I think that was probably a wise choice. And don’t get me wrong–having hoped for a particular show doesn’t take away my looking forward to discovering a new one with you gents as guides. Couldn’t ask for better ones. And I was pleasantly surprised at the sharpness of some of the satire I saw with the first SH episode I watched, so I think it’s going to be a fun ride. Till then!

      • Margaret Williams

        This is perfectly understandable, gentlemen. But unfortunately, I’m afraid that Sledge Hammer! is not my cup of tea and so I won’t be participating on your new forum. However, I had a total blast being a part of this Columbo Podcast Forum! I laughed, I cried, I ranted, I threatened — and then I found inner peace, so all of this here became a part of me. I want to thank you once again, Gerry and Iain, for all of your fantastic work on your Columbo Podcasts and this discussion forum. I’m sorry that I can’t continue the journey with you on your next podcasting gig, but things are getting quite busy in my studies and in my social life. If you ever happen to be in Rolle, Switzerland, be sure to look me up — and I will most definitely shower both of you with all sorts of chocolate confectionaries! Toodles! 🙂

        • Ian Baxter

          A fond farewell to Margaret; surely the most unexpected discovery of this podcast! From reform school to cage fighting, the defence of your character in the face of Iain’s outburst has been memorable, even if at times a little scary. Thanks.

          • Largo

            The Institut Le Rosey is hardly a “reform school,” Ian! It’s actually known as ‘The School of Kings,’ dude! 🙂

    • Largo

      Hey there, Salty!

      Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast! Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

      http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

      • Well I’ll be damned! It must be Christmas! Thanks for the heads up, Largo. The missus and I are doing happy dances as we speak. 🙂

        • Largo

          You are most welcome, Salty! You and Mrs. Salty have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend!

  • MAKE_ANYWHERE_GREAT_AGAIN

    Thanks for the show guys, I’ve enjoyed every episode. You are both naturals at podcasting, you hit the ground running and it all seemed extremely slick and professionally organised from the outside, though I’ve no doubt it involved major effort and inevitable technical difficulties to overcome behind the scenes. Best of luck with your next project. Iain is a brave man to go in blind again, committing to 40+ episodes on an obscure show he’s not seen. Hopefully he finds it tolerable, but don’t be afraid to switch to covering some other show if he doesn’t like Sledge Hammer, there’s no shame in a tactical retreat!

  • Largo

    As promised in one of my previous posts, here are my favorite beautiful actresses that have been featured in the Columbo Mystery Movie series. The numbers below are not rankings — the actresses and their respective episodes are just listed in the original broadcast order. If you don’t like what you see here, please don’t hesitate to create and post your very own list. Be seeing you! 🙂

    Largo’s Top Columbo Beauties List

    1. Katherine Justice as Joan Hudson in “Prescription: Murder”
    2. Rosemary Forsyth as Joanna Ferris in “Murder By The Book”
    3. Anne Francis as Valerie Bishop in “Short Fuse”
    4. Julie Newmar as Lisa Chambers in “Double Shock”
    5. Arlene Martel as the jewelry store saleswoman in “A Friend In Deed”
    6. Joanna Cameron as Lorna McGrath from “Negative Reaction”
    7. Susan Damante as Nurse Melissa in “Troubled Waters”
    8. Trisha Noble as Marcy Hubbard in “Playback”
    9. Cynthia Sikes as Della in “Now You See Him”
    10. Joanna Going as Melissa Alexandra Hayes in “No Time To Die”
    11. Claudia Christian as Lisa Martin in “It’s All In The Game”
    12. Jennifer Sky as Vanessa Farrow in “Columbo Likes The Nightlife”

    • I’d need to find space for Lee Grant on my list.

      • Margaret Williams

        ¿Por qué? ¡Usted debe tener una cosa para la gente del lagarto – quién han tenido una elevación de cara! Tee hee hee hee!

      • Largo

        Really? I do and do and do for you guys and this is the thanks that I get? Oh, the humanity! 😉

      • Peter

        Agree. But she is too cold, right Largo!

        • Largo

          Indeed! That woman is VERY cold!

    • Peter

      I am totally with you on 7 and 8. Would put Cameron first then Damante second

      • Largo

        Okay — the story so far for you is as follows:

        1. Joanna Cameron
        2. Susan Damante
        3. Trisha Noble

        But that’s only a start, Peter. How about posting the rest of your “Beauties of Columbo” list? 🙂

        • Peter

          You and I have such similar tastes that I just thought I would piggy back on your list!

          • Largo

            That’s just fine by me, Peter! Great minds think alike and all, eh! 🙂

          • Peter

            I still can’t get over the scene where Susan Damante, playing a nurse, sits there smoking a cigarette while reading a book. Boy have times changed these last 45 years.

          • Largo

            I agree — that scene was totally shocking! As Mr. Osato told James Bond in You Only Live Twice (1967): “Cigarettes are very bad for your chest.” Now come on, sweet Nurse Melissa — you gotta know that smoking is very bad for your chest!

    • Where’s Mrs Peck on there?!!!

      • Largo

        What!?! You’re kidding, right? I mean … come on Kieran — how could anybody rate Mrs. Peck over the lovely Karen Fielding!??! Especially when Karen lets her hair down … well, shoot — ol’ Grandma Peck doesn’t hold a candle to the sweet Karen Fielding!!! 🙂

  • Peter

    Joanna Cameron was most beautiful woman to ever appear on Columbi IMO. Talk about suitable for framing

    • Largo

      Joanna Cameron is ever so lovely, Peter! Here she is as Isis the superheroine and as archeologist, Andrea Thomas, from The Secrets Of Isis televisions series. Yay! 🙂

      • Peter

        She is such a classic beauty. I would put her up there with my biggest 70’s school boy crush, Jacelyn Smith

        • Largo

          Jaclyn Smith — my favorite “angel” from the Seventies! 🙂

          • Peter

            Mine too. Without a doubt. Was not into the more glamorous Farrah Fawcett

          • Largo

            Indeed! When the actress lineup became Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson, Charlie’s Angles was really a smokin’ hot show IMO! 🙂

          • Largo

            Hey there, Peter!

            Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
            Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

            http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

          • Peter

            Hi Largo! Happy Memorial Day. I don’t remember this show. When was it on?

          • Largo

            I bought the Region 2 DVDs (I have a region free player) from Amazon UK over a year ago. The Jonathan Creek episodes are available on Netflix, but they are edited versions. If you have a region free DVD player, the Jonathan Creek Complete Collection is $60 including shipping at Amazon UK. The Jonathan Creek series 1-4 set is only $18 including shipping (but series 5 and some specials are not included). Perhaps you can check out some episodes on Netflix and then tell us what you think about them on Gerry and Iain’s CreekCast discussion forum. I hope to see you there, Peter! 🙂

  • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

    Just liked the Sledgecast FB page and added Sledge Hammer to my Hulu queue. Going to start watching as soon as possible. My birthday is in May, and the new podcast will be one of my favorite presents for sure!! Looking forward to listening and discussing!! Be seein you!!

    • Largo

      Hey there, Daphne!

      Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
      Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

      http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

  • Largo

    ATTENTION IAN BAXTER AND ALL MY FINE FORUM FRIENDS

    I found out this morning that Uncle Sam had finally deposited my federal tax refund sometime after midnight. So I jumped over to Amazon and immediately ordered these deluxe blu-ray mystery sets! Now if only that clueless bunch over at Universal Studios would finally release Columbo on blu-ray!!!!

    • Ian Baxter

      Excellent choices Largo, a detective lovers dream

      • Largo

        Indeed! Hours and hours of pure murder & crime mystery entertainment! 🙂

        • Largo

          And here is the episode list (plus all of the bonus content) for the Complete Poirot DVD set (image courtesy of Amazon) —

        • Ian Baxter

          I remember being proper scared after watching ‘The Speckled Band’ and lying in bed that night staring at the vent… I was just a kid at the time obviously 🙂

          • Largo

            I was in college when this aired on PBS Mystery! (hosted by the one and only Vincent Price) and it kind of freaked me out a little as well. What a horrible way to die, eh! D-:

          • Come on now – it was really just last week. 🙂

        • I have watched the first two yesterday morning. Hope to watch the third one in just a few minutes.

          • Largo

            “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Dancing Men” are both superb adaptations. However, “The Naval Treaty” is rather average — but the original story wasn’t all that intriguing in the first place IMO. “The Solitary Cyclist” is a lot more enjoyable and it features the very healthy and the very lovely looking Barbara Wilshere as the music teacher, Violet Smith. Also, this adaptation highlights some ‘fancy’ fight moves by Sherlock Holmes! So look out you ruffians! 🙂

          • My dear chap. I take my deerstalker off to you in regard to the silhouette; however I must contend your statement above in regards to ‘The Naval Treaty’ on two points: firstly it is distinctly more than average and features a quite exquisite moment in which Holmes proffers a flower to Mrs Hudson, secondly you have presented your opinion as fact, whereas in fact it is merely conjecture.

            The saddest and most ironic point of all is that the blu ray can only be imported to the United Kingdom of Liberals and incredibly it appears in the International BBC Shop, whereupon in actual fact, it was a Granada production!

    • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

      Coooool!! I’m jealous!! Anyone here read the compilation Shadows Over Baker Street? It’s a Sherlock Holmes/H.P. Lovecraft kinda thing. It’s interesting. Also, there’s a cool kids book series that revolves around Sherlock Holmes’ little sister, Enola. I like reading books about girls who solve mysteries too. If you know any youngins who like mysteries, it’s a good read. Yes, I read kids books.

      • Largo

        No, can’t say as I have, Daphne. But your post reminded me of a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories I purchased through ‘Tab Books’ while I was in the fifth grade at elementary school. I still remember my dad asking me what book I was reading after I had brought this particular volume home from school. Once my dad took a look at this book’s cover illustration [see below], he immediately asked me, “What the hell is this!?!” So I described these Lovecraft tales as “sort of a more modern Edgar Allan Poe” type of thing. This seemed to satisfy my father and he handed said volume back to me.

        But speaking of children’s books, I’m the very proud owner of the following:

        1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
        2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
        3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
        4. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
        5. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

        So there’s nothing wrong with reading children’s books IMO, Daphne! Be seeing you! 🙂

        • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

          That looks awesome!!

          • Largo

            That book cover artist was obviously inspired by this famous still of Max Schrek from the silent film Nosferatu (1922) —

          • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

            Excellent choice for inspiration. It’s a classic!!

      • Don’t have the Shadows, but I do have The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which has a few of the stories originally printed in Shadows, and a bunch of other stories in the sci-fi/horror genres.

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        • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

          Neato! I’ll have to check out Improbable Adventures. Thanks.

      • Arthur Conan Doyle attended a school in Lancashire, not so far from where I reside.

      • Watson: Holmes – how the devil did you manage to get through that door? It was stuck quite fast?
        Holmes: Lemon entry, my dear Watson!

        [collective groans all round…]

    • The funny thing is that the silhouette on the Sherlock Holmes box set actually looks more like Basil Rathbone than Jeremy Huggins!

      • Largo

        Nah uh! It looks like the silhouette of Jeremy Brett smoking that blasted calabash pipe. Curse that William Gillette for introducing this pipe and forcing it into Sherlock lore! 🙁

        • Largo

          Here’s Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes with a blasted pipe.

      • Largo

        For more on Sherlock Holmes and this “pipe problem” here is a link to an interesting article for your perusal:

        sherlockian-sherlock.com/sherlock-holmes-pipe.php

      • Largo

        Hey there, Kieran!

        Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
        Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

        http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

        • Hey there yourself, Largo.

          So a year has gone by – wow!

          Sadly Jonathan Creek was never my bag, although I do like the theme tune. If they ever get around to Twin Peaks, let me know. BTW, have you seen the first 4 episodes of TP, by any chance?

          • Largo

            Hello, Kieran! It’s great to hear from you again!

            That’s too bad that you’re giving Jonathan Creek a pass. As for me, I’m far too invested in this whole thing: I’ve got the entire series on DVD. Gerry and Iain’s CreekCast is superb and I’m definitely in it for the long haul as they cover each and every episode. But if they ever produce a Twin Peaks podcast, I’ll be there — as I’m sure you’ll be as well! 🙂

            P. S. — I don’t have Showtime so I have not seen one second of the new Twin Peaks series. So I’ll be waiting for the blu-ray release.

  • Largo

    I was just watching a Danger Man (1964-66) episode — “Not So Jolly Roger” — and who should appear on the screen but none other than Trisha Noble! This particular episode is about an offshore pirate radio station that is being used by some nefarious agent types to broadcast secrets to enemy submarines! It’s good thing that John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is on the scene to thwart these bad guys! Here’s a IMDB trivia entry for this Danger Man episode:

    The exterior footage of the Jolly Roger was shot at Red Sands Fort, offshore from Whitstable. The rig had been home to genuine pirate stations Radio Invicta and KING Radio, and at the time of shooting was used for broadcasting by final occupants Radio 390 (named after their broadcasting frequency). The imposing structure, built in 1943 as one of the three Thames Estuary Maunsell Forts (WWII anti-aircraft defense installations) was later used by the Doctor Who production team for their 1968 story “Fury From the Deep.”

    Trisha Noble is billed as Patsy Ann Noble in “Not So Jolly Roger” and she portrays one of the stations DJs. Once I started to research ‘Patsy Ann Noble’ I found out that she was a teenage pop star in Britain in the 1960s!!! Hokey smokes! And Trisha actually plays a record entitled He Who Rides The Tiger in this same episode — and this song is actually being sung by herself! Fascinating!!!

  • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

    I remember watching Sledge Hammer when it was originally on, but I don’t remember much about it. So, I’ve started my preliminary (no spoilers) research. I’m excited to watch a show where the main character’s parents are called Jack Hammer and Armin Hammer. I’m not a gun person, but I laughed out loud when I learned that Hammer’s favorite charity is “Toy Guns for Tots”. I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s just because I’m looking forward to another good show. Thanks again!

    • I’ve only watched the pilot episode–I want to save the rest to watch the week each podcast comes out–but I also had several spontaneous laugh out loud moments watching. That’s encouraging!

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        I’m excited to be able to comment along with you folks from the beginning instead of just toward the end. I’m glad you got some laughs from the pilot. It was pretty silly!! I like silly sometimes. I’ll probably end up watching all of them because I’m so excited and then rewatching before each podcast.

  • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

    Here’s a late question. Columbo’s taste in clothes is lacking. What I remember about Sledge Hammer is that he wears horribly ugly sports jackets. Do these podcast show choices reflect Gerry’s personal fashion sense?

    • Yes. Absolutely.

      • Now now Iain. To paraphrase Basil Fawlty – it’s called style, you wouldn’t understand it!

      • Largo

        Iain, let’s see if I’m understanding you correctly here: so the picture below is representative of Gerry’s fashion sense or … uhmm …”style” — right? Well, shoot — if this is an accurate assessment, this seems to appear like Gerry is taking the Sledge Hammer! fan thing way too far! Now, this sure as heck isn’t any ol’ ‘cosplay’ stuff at all since the terms “fashion sense” and “style” are being bandied about on this one. Iain, I’m afraid that this sounds like a personal problem to me. Now I’m not a psychologist (and I don’t play one on TV), but I do believe that an intervention is in order here. All of us need to assist you so as to really help out Gerry! I mean, what are forum friends for, huh? So who is with me, eh? 😉

        • He wore a tie just like that only the other day!

          • Ian Baxter

            Noooooooooooo!

          • Largo

            Hokey smokes! It’s as bad as I thought, eh! I’m sure Iain will agree with me when I say: cry … cry for the children … cry for Gerry’s children because their father appears to have been tainted by the Sledge! 😉

          • Ian Baxter

            You could at least argue that this is progress after the naked podcast we endured previously 🙂

          • Largo

            Aye, what a painful memory that one was, eh! 😉

  • Vickie Bova

    Hi Columbo fans especially Iain and Gerry.
    I recently purchased a book called “The Columbo Collection” written in 2010 by William Link (creator of Columbo with Levinson) The foreword of the book talks about how they came up with the character(A stage play originally called ” Enough Rope” that later morphed into Prescription Murder staring Bert Freed as Columbo), how Falk got involved (he called them!!) and more. The 12 short Stories in the book all feature Columbo in new settings. Link had a hard time letting go of this series and may have been writing these stores as possible new scripts of just for fun. Either way I recommend it to any Columbo devotee.

    • Hi Vickie, thanks for that. It sounds like a great book and definitely one on my wishlist!!

  • Largo

    Hey, everybody!
    I was just signing out of my Hotmail account when I saw this MSN headline [see link below] about a child reporter scooping all of her adult competition about a local homicide investigation. Hokey smokes, this would have made an excellent episode of Columbo — the script for it would practically write itself, eh! 🙂

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/9-year-old-reporter-breaks-crime-news-posts-videos-fires-back-at-critics/ar-BBrnb49

    • Ian Baxter

      Hmmm… not sure… Columbo pitting his wits against a 9 year old journalist sounds a bit like a cross between ‘Mind over Mayhem’ and ‘Mrs Columbo’.

      • Largo

        “… Columbo pitting his wits against a 9 year old journalist …”

        Who said anything about an adversarial relationship between the plucky girl reporter and Lieutenant Columbo? I’m talking about the painfully obvious: this would be a team-up type of story, eh! Sheesh — who do you think this girl reporter’s “reliable source” is for her story on this neighborhood homicide case? It sure as heck isn’t Kramer or Wilson or –GULP!– Albinsky! 🙂

        • Ian Baxter

          Oh, I see… well, she is better than any of the other attempts at a partner for Columbo… but I don’t like the idea of him getting a partner 🙂

          • Largo

            Ian, Ian, Ian! You’re so stubborn! Just work with me here and try picture this: Columbo, Kate the plucky child reporter, and a dog named ‘Dog’ all riding along in the Peugeot 403 Cabriolet while looking for clues from one locale to another. Now, how could anyone resist this charming scenario, eh? This is gold, Ian! Gold!!! 🙂

          • Ian Baxter

            I could resist 😉

          • Largo

            ????????????

          • Ian Baxter

            Love it… I tell you what, add the cat to the car with the young reporter & dog and I’ll go for it! 🙂

          • Largo

            It’s a deal, Ian! 🙂

  • http://podcastawards.com/ Just leaving this here…

    • Largo

      ATTENTION GERRY AND IAIN

      A message from Jennifer Sky:

      “Now boys — wasn’t my kissy face podcasting award good enough for the two of you?”

  • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

    Hi folks. While we’re patiently waiting Gerry and Iain’s return in May. Do you have any other podcasts you’d recomend? I like stuff like this, also scifi and fantasy. I like comedy and horror too. I don’t have much experience with podcasts. I think I got lucky when I found this one so easily. Thanks!

    • Ian Baxter

      Wish I could help, but like you I also got lucky finding this one as someone new to podcasts. There must be others out there…

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        Thanks, Salty! I’ll check them out! I appreciate it.

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        Just subscribed to all of them!!

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        Hi Salty. Just listened to 1951downplace and DOH. Love Them!

        • Well there you go. Glad I could be of service. 🙂

          I’m a big Hammer Horror fan, so I was excited to find a cast devoted to it. Although that particular show sticks in a little too many sound bytes for my taste. I prefer good conversation to sound clips. Gerry and Iain have just about the right balance for me.

          I’m also a big 70’s horror fan. A lot of today’s stuff is too over the top with gore and sadism for me, but 70’s on back I love.

          • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

            Loved the DOH podcast, so jumped in on the forum to tell them so. Mentioned I heard about them from the Columbo Podcast. Here’s their response:

            Daphne, first “The Columbo Podcast” – how far out is that! Sweet. Please be sure to share out thanks with your friend on that forum for sending you to DoH. Now to go find that podcast.

          • Heh. I’ve been listening but not taking part in their forum. Maybe I’ll introduce myself now….

          • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

            They also posted the columbo podcast URL on the forum, so that was cool!

          • Very good of them!

          • Nice! I just stopped in over there and said hello to Doc and The Saint.

    • Largo

      Hello there, Daphne! If you like old Hollywood history and classic cinema, You Must Remember This, with Karina Longworth, is a very interesting podcast. This podcast is “about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century.” I hope you that you enjoy it! 🙂

      youmustrememberthispodcast.com/search-archive

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        That sounds great, Largo. Thanks so much!!

        • Largo

          You are very welcome, Daphne! 🙂

          • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

            Listened to the podcast about Reagan. Veeeeeeery interestink!

          • Largo

            I really enjoyed the podcasts in the ‘MGM stories’ series that I’ve listened to so far: Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Citizen Kane; Buster Keaton’s Biggest Mistake; MGM’s Children – Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and both podcasts about David O. Selznick. Great stuff!!! 🙂

      • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

        Subscribed!

  • Largo

    Hey, everybody!

    I just wanted to make sure that there was a link to this wonderful fan-made video featuring a number of great scenes from the Columbo series. Enjoy!

    ebaumsworld.com/videos/columbo-just-one-more-thing/81615552/

    • Ian Baxter

      This is very good, it really does manage to give Columbo a contemporary edge.

  • Jock Mackay

    What are your thoughts on a revival starring Mark Ruffalo?

    • I (Gerry) would definitely be interested in a revival. It would of course have the potential to be terrible but I would be willing to give it a shot and Mark Ruffalo seems keen and I think he would have the ability to pull it off.

      A concern, however, would be that he just tries to imitate Peter Falk in the role rather than make it his own.

      • Jock Mackay

        I agree, many of the characteristics created by Falk should be included in the writing, so it’s a fine line.

        Do you think it should be a 70’s period piece? or is it better to bring Columbo up to date with new technology?

        J.o.m.t….no need for Ruffalo to wear a contact lens… Exhibit A – Q.I.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNOwsDvibcg

      • Jock Mackay

        I agree, many of the characteristics created by Falk should be included in the writing, so it’s a fine line.

        Do you think it should be a 70’s period piece? or is it better to bring Columbo up to date with new technology?

        J.o.m.t….no need for Ruffalo to wear a contact lens… Exhibit A – Q.I

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNOwsDvibcg

        • Largo

          I’m all for a revival series starring Mark Ruffalo, but I would like it to be set during the 1970s so as to avoid all of the modern, state of the art CSI stuff. Just sayin’ … 🙂

          • Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

            Sergeant Wilson in Greenhouse Jungle is about as CSI-y as I can imagine in Columbo! ha ha. But, you never know.

    • Well, I’m not one of the official forum owners, but I’d personally love to see it. He strikes me as one of the few that could pull something like that off.

    • The Man Who…

      Actually, that’s not a bad shout

    • As with all such projects, much would depend on the writing!

  • Jock Mackay

    I agree, many of the characteristics created by Falk, should be included in the writing so, it’s a fine line. Do you think it should be a period piece or is it better to bring Columbo up to date?

    Jomt… No need for Ruffalo to wear a contace lens… exhibit A – Q.I.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNOwsDvibcg

  • Hey Gerry and Iain. I thought I remembered you saying that Sledgehammer should be debuting in May and that you’d send the first episode over the Columbo feed so we’d know it was out there. Am I remembering right?

  • Jock Mackay

    I think it would be much better if you recorded ‘commentary style’ while watching the episodes. So that people can watch with you and hear the comments at the correct time. If you have to pause to say more about a scene, just say ‘we’re pausing it here.’ And then carry on.

    • Better than what?

      One drawback of that format is that people like to listen to podcasts in their cars, out walking, on public transport and loads of other places where they can’t follow along. It is an idea we’ve considered for a special episode though!

      • Jock Mackay

        Better than not watching while you record.

        But I get what you’re saying, and I look forward to that special one.
        How about your favourate Columbo episode?

      • Grant

        You are right. I am in the process of listening to the whole thing you have produced.
        I am dancing around a bit. Rather than listening in correct order.
        I am choosing episode by episode, as I remember or recognise or find on TV at weekends.
        This podcast is brilliant. A massive well done and thank you.
        I download and listen in the car on the long journeys my job entails.
        And I actually enjoy the journeys as I have your podcasts to listen to and think about.

        Thank you again. Much looking forward to Sledge Hammer podcasts.

    • I certainly agree with Jock’s suggestion of recording some episodes “Commentary Style”.

      On another issue, I realise you will be doing a different podcast next year. But would definetely
      like to see you both do a podcast series on Jonathan Creek (sometime in the future, when you have time).

  • Largo

    Last week we celebrated my youngest niece’s 17th birthday. For a gift, I gave my niece the last three Columbo DVD sets of the NBC series. Last year, I gave my niece the first three Columbo DVD sets as gifts. So now my youngest niece is the proud owner of the entire original NBC Columbo Mystery Movie series! Isn’t that lovely? 🙂

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aefd10123f03041cde356510f4ce8b0cad4514f1b0e8b1034b1526f35240704f.jpg

    • Gummo Marx

      pretty funny largo! i hope she’s smiling and not frowning

      • Largo

        Hey there, Gummo! My youngest niece is smiling behind those Columbo DVD box sets, eh. And she’s still smiling as she makes it through the rest of this classic series. I also gave her two of the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes Granada Television movies: The Hound Of The Baskervilles and The Sign Of Four. My niece wanted to compare these Holmes adventures to the modern updates produced by the BBC. ?

      • Largo

        Hey there, Gummo!

        Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
        Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

        http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

  • Gareth

    Great podcasts guys-just listened to prescription murder-an excellent opener for the great detective.I think the location for Joan’s place is the Stahl house -the house used in the most crucial game is 944 Airole way (the Wagner house)similar looking pool in a way.The incidental music by Dave Grusin is pretty wonderful -flavour of Lalo Shifrin.

  • Michael B

    Well well well. What a wonderful surprise to find this podcast. Only wish I would have found it while the episodes were still being produced. I think it’s a great podcast. You guys do an excellent job. I am currently on ep 20. I grew up watching Columbo. My mom is a huge fan and we would watch taped episodes. I am 35 so columbo was in its TV specials phase when I could really remember them. I introduced my wife to Columbo. She was a bit hesitant at first but after a couple episode she was hooked. We have the whole set on DVD now. There was a time for almost a year straight where we would watch at least some of an episode almost every night. Over and over again.
    It’s absolutely one of my favorite shows ever. Like I said, I am on ep 20 and I am so tempted to skip ahead to some of the really amazing episodes but I will refrain.
    I live in Maryland in the US. I listen to the podcast with the RSSRadio app on my iPhone when I drive to work. It’s about 20 each way. If I get time in the evening while doing dishes and the kids are asleep I will listen while doing dishes or something. Whenever I get time really.
    Thanks so much for the podcast fellas. Awesome job.

  • Phillip Watson
  • Obviously we come up with our own verdicts on the podcast each season and if I remember correctly there are a few where we disagree!

  • Other shows I’d love to hear you do:

    Jonathan Creek
    Star Trek (any version)
    The Saint

    I could think of plenty of others but I can’t remember what else you both would be a fan of. So I leave the list short. 😉

    Perhaps after doing one of those, you could do the occasional “Commentary style” podcast while watching Columbo, but I remember what you said in Podcast 70 about it would be awkward for you both to
    watch them together.

    • Largo

      Hey there, Steve!

      Gerry and Iain have a new podcast going now: The Jonathan Creek Podcast!
      Please listen in and then join them on their new discussion forum —

      http://www.jonathancreekpodcast.com

      • Thanks I’ve listened to it already Largo, but thanks for letting me know.

        Well done Gerry and Iain on another excellent podcast. 🙂

        • Largo

          You are you most welcome, Steve! 🙂

        • Largo

          You are most welcome, Steve! And I agree that Gerry and Iain’s work on their CreekCast is stellar! Be seeing you! 🙂

        • Thanks Steve!

  • Brian Fox

    Hi Gerry and Iain, just finished listening to all 70 episodes of the podcast. I started listening when I discovered the podcast 5 weeks ago and as you can imagine to have listened to over 80 hours of podcast in 5 weeks I have become a bit of an addict. I really enjoyed the podcasts, even though I didn’t always agree with you about which were good episodes, for example, I don’t like “No time to die” but do like “Murder with too many notes”, also “Murder, smoke and shadows” is a favourite of mine. Thanks for producing the podcasts. As a fellow Glaswegian (and I know Gerry hails from Hamilton and Iain from Kilmarnock) to the production home maybe I will bump in to one or both of you at sometime, would be great to discuss Columbo with fellow fans. Thanks again guys.

    • Thanks Brian, glad you enjoyed the podcasts.

      To be clear to anyone not in on the joke though, I’m from Ayr. ?

  • Brian Fox

    Hi Iain, sorry about the Kilmarnock mistake.
    I know you are now working on the Sledgecast. I have never seen Sledgehammer but will take a look at it and see if I can become a convert. it would be good to continue your podcast journey.