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SyFy to remake Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

US cable network SyFy is to remake successful British detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) after striking a deal with ITV Studios.

The NBC Universal-owned cable broadcaster is to produce a one-hour pilot and has secured Scrubs writer Josh Bycel and American Dad exec producer Jonathan Fener to write and exec produce it alongside Jaff/Braunstein Entertainment’s Howard Braunstein. ITV Studios America will produce the pilot.

The original 1960s series, which was produced by ITC Entertainment for ITV, centres around detective Hopkirk, played by Kenneth Cope, who is murdered in the line of duty and returns as a ghost only visible to his partner Randall (played by Mike Pratt).

The show was updated in 2000 when British comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer remade the show, produced by Working Title Films for public broadcaster BBC One.

The deal was brokered by US talent agency International Creative Management (ICM).