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Columbo: A Matter of Honor

For the third time, Lieutenant Columbo is on holiday and just happens to get caught up in a local murder investigation: “Wherever you go, you take your work with you.” For the third episode in a row, Columbo doesn’t really … Continue reading

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Columbo: Identity Crisis (Review)

There’s something about Nelson Brenner (Patrick McGoohan) that seems familiar: the clothes he wears, the Mediterranean architecture of his home, his career as an “operative”, the regularity with which he says “be seeing you”. Could this be… surely not. For … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Case of Immunity

Due to a mix up of names, Columbo ends up assigned to a security task force at the Suari Embassy, during the visit of the King of Suari, and it’s lucky that he happens to be there because a murder … Continue reading

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Columbo: Forgotten Lady

Grace Wheeler used to be a star, but that was a long time ago, and now she is deluded and trying to recapture the magic of her youth. If you’ve ever seen the classic Twilight Zone episode The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine, … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind (Review)

Dr. Mark Collier is smooth, handsome and a little bit creepy, so George Hamilton is the perfect choice for the role. Collier also does not deserve the title of “doctor” because he specialises in hypnotherapy, and is pushing the practice … Continue reading

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Columbo: Playback (Review)

Columbo’s enemies are often very rich men, and wealthy people love their latest gadgetry. This often throws the lieutenant into a world of strange marvels, that haven’t always dated well (let’s not mention the robot), but this week it’s all … Continue reading

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Columbo: Troubled Waters (Review)

Volare! Oh Oh! Cantare! Oh Oh Oh Oh! Columbo’s wife has won a trip to Mexico on a cruise ship, and the singer on board only seems to know one song, which she sings interminably. Luckily for Columbo, this is … Continue reading

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Columbo: By Dawn’s Early Light (Review)

If there’s one episode of Columbo that stuck in my mind the most from my childhood, it was probably this one. It was certainly in the top two or three that made a huge impression on me, and unlike Mind … Continue reading

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Columbo: Negative Reaction (Review)

Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Lorna. Lorna makes your heart so light. When the day is grey and ordinary, Lorna makes the sun shine bright. … but Lorna is Paul Galesko’s secretary, and he’s married to a monster of … Continue reading

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Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality (Review)

Lieutenant Columbo nearly always finds something to admire or respect in his enemies, but we start the fourth season with a different vibe altogether. Milo Janus has no redeeming features, and Columbo is the man to take him down. The … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Friend in Deed (Review)

It’s the season finale of Columbo, so what’s the perfect way to end the third series? By pitting Columbo against his own boss. This is going to be a tricky one… The First Murder In terms of the first murder, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Swan Song (Review)

Hats off to Johnny Cash. Not only did he take on an acting role, and do an amazing job of it, the character he played here was a distorted version of himself. Tommy Brown is a big star in the … Continue reading

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Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (Review)

When I was a child, I saw this episode of Columbo and absolutely loved it. This might just be the episode that turned me into a Columbo fan. Rewatching it as an adult, I thought it was the weakest episode … Continue reading

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Columbo: Publish or Perish (Review)

You can’t keep a good author down. Actually, Ken Franklin from Murder by the Book was a bad author, not a good one, and Jack Cassidy is back to play another murderer from the world of writing. This time, instead … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Exposure (Review)

You can’t keep a good crook down. Not content with escaping from prison once and disguising himself with a dodgy moustache as American Football manager Paul Hanlon, private investigator turned murderer Carl Brimmer has done it again. It’s no wonder … Continue reading

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Columbo: Candidate for Crime (Review)

A dishonest politician? Surely not. They are all upstanding, honest people with only good intentions, right? The Motive Nelson Hayward (Jackie Cooper) is a candidate in an election, and looks likely to win, thanks to his genius of a campaign … Continue reading

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Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (Review)

Well, isn’t this a cheeky little wine, but not presumptuous, with a farty bouquet and top notes of mahogany and beefburger. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the pompous world of wine appreciation, almost entirely debunked in blind taste tests as … Continue reading

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Columbo: Lovely But Lethal (Review)

We are back for the third season of Columbo and what’s this at the start? A bunch of quick clips of the episode we are about to watch. Spoilers! Then we are treated to the sight of a man with … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Shock (Review)

The first season of Columbo very quickly hit upon the magic formula that makes the series work so well and sets it apart from any other crime drama: show us a murder perpetrated by somebody rich and/or powerful, place the … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (Review)

Ever heard of Magnus Carlsen? Viswanathan Anand? Vladamir Kramnik? Veselin Topalov? Probably not, and I certainly hadn’t until I went onto Wikipedia to check, but those are the most recent World Chess Champions at the time of writing. Now how … Continue reading

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