Welcome back to the second installment of this exploration of my wife's quirky viewing habits!
Next - a ridiculous, but oddly entertaining programme was:
Described by Wikipedia as:
"... an American detective mystery television film series (1968–1978, 1989–2003), starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department."
The formula for each episode was pretty much the same: the characters and story are introduced, one of the characters murders the other, attempts to cover it up, just when he/she thinks they have gotten away with it, Columbo (After nearly an hour in) comes chugging up in his car-wreck & raincoat.
Our detective is never at full health, usually experiencing either: food poisoning, lack of sleep, general fatigue, or headache. He is routinely not recognised as a superior by low ranking officers, until he wearily flashes his badge.
This guy never misses a detail, scrutinising every aspect of the case ,asking and re-asking seemingly unimportant questions, which later proved to be central to solving the case. This skill is regularly employed by Mrs Rockford, who herself has the reputation of getting to the bottom of any situation/challenge.
So great was Mrs Rockford's love for the programme, that a few years ago we found ourselves watching a small theater production of Columbo. This special one-off starred the A-Teams's Dirk Benedict as our dishevelled hero. We were at first skeptical about anyone filling the Falk's shoes, but fill them he did, and with style!
There's just one more thing: While always fun to watch, continuous viewing finally begs the question "at what stage did he know?" Because our hero is clearly onto the murderer from the very start, and just seems to spend the whole time harassing the person until they 'fess up or slip up! So is Columbo psychic? I guess that will remain a mystery...
Next Time: "Alias Smith & Jones"