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'Buffy' writers join 'Randall & Hopkirk'

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Syfy has announced that two former Buffy writers will script a new version of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

The original version of the series, which starred Mike Pratt as detective Jeff Randall and Kenneth Cope as his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk, ran on ITV from 1969 to 1970. Syfy originally purchased the rights to the show from ITV in May last year.

Entertainment Weekly now reports that Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg will write a new hour-long pilot. Greenberg has previously worked on Dexter and Warehouse 13, while Espenson, who is currently working on the fourth series of Torchwood, has scripted episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.

A previous remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) aired on BBC One from 2000 to 2001 and starred comic duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as the mismatched detectives.

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