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'Randall and Hopkirk' remake 'will be grounded'

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Annette Andre, Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope in 'Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)'

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The co-writer of Syfy's new Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) remake has revealed that the show will be "very modern" and "realistic".

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

Jane Espenson confirmed to the Huffington Post that she and writing partner Drew Z. Greenberg have begun work on an update of the classic ITV series.

"We looked at the [original] show and liked it, and we considered various approaches," she explained. "[We] ended up going with something kind of Battlestar [Galactica]-like, in that we decided to really ground it."

She added that supernatural detective Marty Hopkirk will be a "very modern and believable version of a ghost".

"Our ghosts have some different rules than you've seen before [and] different motivations," she said. "They fit into a realistic world in a different way. We're having fun with it and Syfy has been great at letting us explore this approach."

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.

Watch the opening titles to the original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) below:

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