Written by Donald James Directed by Leslie Norman

ORIGINAL ITC SYNOPSIS

To escort ten thousand pounds worth of goods from Glasgow to London isn't really Jeff's idea of a healthy assignment, but when the consignment turns out to be an attractive blonde it's a different matter.

When a couple of tough gang leaders break into a private detective's home and offer him a rather risky assignment, most private detectives would refuse to do it, but it seems there is no chance for Jeff Randall. A courier carrying ten thousand pounds worth of goods has to be escorted from Glasgow to London on the night express, and the receipt handed over on delivery must be taken back to Scotland. These are his instructions: beyond this he knows nothing.

He finds the courier in a seedy tenement block - not the sort of place one would expect to find a glamour girl like Dandy Garrison. She has a briefcase chained to her wrist.

During the journey, they are openly shadowed by two men. One of them breaks into Dandy's sleeper at night and reveals himself as Detective Sergeant Watts. When he examines the contents of the case, he finds nothing but Dandy's personal belongings, much to Randall's surprise.

So what is the valuable consignment? It must be Dandy herself. Since the two gang leaders, Seymour and Hamilton are rivals Randall assumes that Dandy is being used as a hostage - a willing one at that!

When they arrive in London to collect the receipt it's Dandy who tries to double-cross Seymour at the last moment. However, Randall manages to escape with the receipt, and with it in his possession he finds himself a hunted man. One of Seymour's henchmen, Tony, turns out to be Dandy's partner in the double-cross, and despite Hopkirk's invisible presence, Tony manages to retrieve the receipt. He and Dandy then make a quick getaway in Seymour's limousine. Randall calls on Hopkirk to follow them. This is where a ghost for a partner can be an advantage!

The sudden importance of the receipt puzzles Randall, but another meeting with Detective Sergeant Watt provides him with the clue to the whole business. A well-known firm of stamp dealers has been robbed of two stamps worth at least ten thousand pounds each, and the receipt had a stamp on it. But if that is one of the stolen stamps, where is the other?

Seymour is arrested by Watts. Randall is also present and his attention is attracted by a watch hanging rather prominently from Seymour's waistcoat. A quick investigation reveals the stamp.

Meanwhile, Hopkirk keeps tabs on the two runaways in his supernatural form. Dandy craftily gets Tony out of the car and drives off by herself. So now it is just Dandy at large, with the late Mr Hopkirk in close pursuit.

PRODUCTION & ARCHIVE
Production Code: RH/DCW/4004
Filming Dates:
July-August 1968
Production Completed:
Mid-March 1969
Recording Format: 35mm Colour Film
Archive Holding: 35mm Colour Film

UK REGIONAL PREMIERES

Anglia: Mon 3 May 1971, 11.00pm
ATV: Unconfirmed
Border: Unconfirmed
Channel: Sun 15 Feb 1970, 9.10pm (B/W)
Grampian: Wed 1 July 1970, 8.00pm (B/W)
Granada: Fri 20 Mar 1970, 7.30pm
HTV: Sat 21 Nov 1970, 6.15pm (B/W*)
LWT: Fri 23 Jan 1970, 7.30pm
Scottish:
Unconfirmed
Southern: Wed 15 Apr 1970, 8.00pm
Tyne Tees: Thu 4 Feb 1971, 8.00pm
Ulster: Unconfirmed
Westward: Sun 15 Feb 1970, 9.10pm (B/W)
Yorkshire: Wed 7 Oct 1970, 8.00pm
(B/W) = Transmitted in Black and White
(B/W*) = Transmitted in B/W due to ITV Colour Strike
CHARACTERS & CAST
Jeff Randall
Marty Hopkirk
Jean Hopkirk
Sam Seymour
Dandy Garrison
Tony
Det. Sergeant Watts
Hamilton
Mr Alexander
Man in Phone Booth
Sleeping Car Attendant
Albert
1st Henchman
2nd Henchman
1st Man on Stairs
2nd Man on Stairs
Dining Car Patron
Police Driver
Mike Pratt
Kenneth Cope
Annette Andre
William Squire
Tracey Crisp
Drewe Henley
Victor Maddern
Antony Baird
John Rae
Larry Taylor
Michael Bird
Billy Cornelius
Peter Brace
Frank Maher
Jim Bolton
Mickey Varey
Fred Haggerty
Bill Westley

Annette Andre is credited but does not appear

STAND-INS
Jeff Randall
Marty Hopkirk
Harry Fielder
Dougie Lockyer
STUNT DOUBLES
Jeff Randall Rocky Taylor
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Music for this episode was recycled from stock and therefore no release of a soundtrack of A Sentimental Journey has been issued.

DVD EXTRAS

Network DVD (United Kingdom):
Photo Gallery.
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia):

Photo Gallery.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Writer Donald James
Series Theme & Musical Director
Edwin Astley
Creator & Executive Story Consultant
Dennis Spooner
Creative Consultant
- Cyril Frankel
Producer
Monty Berman
Director
Leslie Norman

Ronald Liles (Production Supervisor), Brian Elvin (Director of Photography), Charles Bishop (Supervising Art Director), Bob Cartwright (Art Director),
Philip Aizlewood (Post Production), Tom Simpson (Editor), Ernest Morris (Production Manager), Jack Lowin (2nd Unit Director),
Gerald Moss (2nd Unit Cameraman), Denis Porter & Len Abbott (Sound Recordists), Guy Ambler (Sound Editor), Alan Willis (Music Editor),
John Owen (Casting), Sue Long (Set Dresser), Bill Greene (Construction Manager), David Harcourt (Camera Operator), Denzil Lewis (Assistant Director),
Sally Ball (Continuity), Peter Dunlop (Production Buyer), Gerry Fletcher (Make-Up Supervisor), Olive Mills (Hairdresser - uncredited),
Laura Nightingale (Wardrobe Supervisor), A.J. Van Montagu (Scenic Artist), Frank Maher (Stunt Co-ordinator),
Cinesound (Sound Effects Suppliers) and Chambers + Partners (Titles).

Made on Location and at Associated British Elstree Studios, London, England
An ITC Production

A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY REVIEW

A Sentimental Journey is one of those early episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) where you feel the producers were still trying to hit on a magic formula for the series and the result is something quite atypical. Donald James' second screenplay for the series is tough and uncompromising and it's about as dark and grubby as the adventures of Jeff and Marty ever got. It's more Get Carter than the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) that we would come to know and love and poor Jeff Randall seems to be roughed up and in dire and very real peril at every turn. It's a fascinating glimpse into how the series may possibly have developed, but as would soon become clear, it was a misstep along the way and not the bolt of inspiration that Messrs. Spooner, Frankel and James may have hoped it was. A Sentimental Journey is a perfectly serviceable script, and the production of the usual high standard, but it doesn't get the balance right, at least in retrospect bearing in mind what happened once the series really found its stride. The cast is excellent, but then this is very much an actor's piece. William Squire excels as gang leader Sam Seymour and there's strong support from Tracey Crisp as the self-serving Dandy Garrison, Drewe Henley as her spurned co-conspirator Tony and the ever-dependable Victor Maddern as the embodiment of the long arm of the law. I can't deny there's always a little thrill seeing the likes of Larry Taylor and John Rae turn up in cameos, too. All in all, this would have been a very good episode of Man in a Suitcase, but it just doesn't sit quite as well as an episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY DECLASSIFIED

  • Teaser... Jeff is readying himself to go to the office, grabbing a bite of toast and a gulp of coffee, when his bedside light starts to flicker on and off. It is Marty's doing - and Jeff is getting a little tired of his ghostly partner's parlour tricks. Marty materialises and reveals that he has come to warn his friend of imminent trouble. He complains that all he gets in return are complaints about his limited repertoire. Jeff asks about the warning, but it is too late, the visitors that Marty was going to warn him about have arrived. Two men, hard as nails, enter the flat and proceed to explore as if they owned the place. Jeff confronts one of them and gets an elbow in the guts for his trouble. As Jeff recovers on his knees, two further men enter. The first introduces himself as Hamilton and the other as Sam Seymour. They are gang leaders and they have come to Jeff with a proposition. They will pay him 50 if he escorts a courier from Scotland to London. Considering the nature of their approach to him, Jeff maintains he is not interested. Seymour is persistent. He wants Randall to deliver 10,000 worth of goods to him in London and then take a receipt to Hamilton in Glasgow and will up the fee to 75. When Jeff again refuses, Seymour has his henchmen work Jeff over, after which Jeff, breathless and winded, demands 200 for the job - or no deal. Marty appears and looks down on Jeff. "Typical!" he comments.


  • Production Brief... Annette Andre, after a small part in For the Girl Who Has Everything, could have been forgiven for thinking that this episode had the working title For the Girl Who Has Nothing as her character, Jean Hopkirk, does not appear at all. These early episodes certainly give the impression that Jeannie was initially seen as an ancilliary character, with Jeff and Marty the two leads. Fortunately for us and for Annette Andre, as the series developed, her character would become increasingly more important and involved. Despite her non-appearance in this episode, Annette Andre retained a credit in the closing sequence and her appearance in the opening title sequence.

  • A Sentimental Journey relied quite heavily on the use of stock footage, raiding the archives of World Backgrounds Limited. Footage of the slums, railway station and streets of Glasgow, a platform at Euston Station (doubling for Glasgow Central) and a train travelling through the night were used, along with shots of several high class London hotels.

  • The use of materials from stock for A Sentimental Journey was not limited to the visuals. The sequence in which Marty hunts for Dandy Garrison, checking out a number of London hotels, is accompanied by a piece of music composed by Albert Elms for the earlier ITC adventure series, The Champions. It is very recognisable and serves to highlight the different musical styles of the two series. Other tracks from stock included Harp Interludes by Robert Farnon and pieces by Gordon Franks, Johnny Hawksworth and Malcolm Lockyer which were heard over Dandy's transistor radio.

  • The 'Pepper's Ghost' technique was once more called into action here, though was used sparingly due to the time involved in setting up the effect. The sequence where Marty enters Jeff's flat to check that no-one is waiting for them inside was achieved using this technique.

  • Post production work on this episode was completed in mid-March 1969. It would, however, not receive its first UK broadcast until it aired in the London Weekend Television region on Friday 23rd January 1970, by which time a new decade had dawned.


  • On Location... Suburban locales for this one, many of which were within walking distance of the ABC Elstree Studios at Borehamwood. More details in Locations: A Sentimental Journey.


  • Trivia... Jeff's trademark fawn leather jacket makes its first appearance in A Sentimental Journey. He dons it and a mere three minutes later he is beaten to a pulp. A bad omen?

  • An ITC inter-series in-joke is hidden in plain sight in this episode. Shortly after the opening title sequence, when Jeff enters the Glasgow tenement building to collect the item he is to take to London for Sam Seymour, he walks past a wall covered in graffiti. Eagle-eyed viewers would no doubt have spotted the familiar stick-man symbol of Leslie Charteris' creation, The Saint. However, this particular representation of the sign was somewhat limp-wristed and fey and scrawled diagonally across it was the distinctly politically incorrect legend, 'IS BENT', implying that the character's fondness for the ladies was a bit of an act. The Saint was of course a phenomenally successful ITC series starring Roger Moore and many of the cast and crew of A Sentimental Journey had worked on that series over the years, including director Leslie Norman. Had The Saint continued into Randall's era, one wonders if a similar piece of outspoken graffiti might have manifested itself in that series, perhaps along the lines of 'Jeff Randall couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag'?

  • This is the first episode in which we see Jeff wearing his trademark leather jacket. It would reappear briefly in Who Killed Cock Robin? before it was brought into more regular service from Never Trust a Ghost onwards.


  • Only You, Jeff? Only Jeff, yes, but a bemused police officer notices Jeff Randall very obviously talking to thin air. He elects not to ask exactly why...


  • Ghosts and Ghoulies... Just Marty, though Jeff does comment that the more he sticks around with his partner the ghost, the more nervous he gets: "I'm alive. I'd like to stay that way," he says.


  • The Vehicles... Appearing in this episode were the following wonders of transport...

1958-1962 Class 40 Diesel Locomotive
Number Unknown
Driven by Train Driver
(Stock Footage)
 
1967 Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre Limousine
Registration OGJ 531E
Driven by Seymour's Driver, and later Tony and Dandy Garrison
 
1968 Ford Zephyr Deluxe MkIV
Registration PXD 976F
Driven by Police Officer
Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) -
'My Late Lamented Friend and Partner', 'You Can Always Find A Fall Guy', 'Who Killed Cock Robin?', 'The Trouble with Women', 'Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying?', 'Never Trust A Ghost', 'A Disturbing Case', 'Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave' 
Department S
- '
The Bones of Byrom Blain' and other episodes
1968 Vauxhall Victor FD 2000
Registration RXD 996F
Driven by Jeff Randall
Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) -
used extensively throughout the series
Department S - 'The Last Train to Redbridge'
Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche
Registration G-ASWW
Serial number 30-556
Blown down the runway by Marty!
 

 


  • Seen It All Before? The exact same police car that had screamed around the corner of Moor Lane in the City after the villains crashed their car in My Late Lamented Friend and Partner turns up again, in and around the shopping area of Borehamwood. The 1968 Ford Zephyr Deluxe MkIV would go on to feature in a further seven episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and in several episodes of sister series Department S.

  • When Jeff jumps from the roof of Seymour's gymnasium on the ABC Elstree backlot, we see the gang leader's hoods exit the building and run down the street after him. In the background, we can clearly see Julia Fenwick's 1964 Triumph Herald 1200 Convertible from But What A Sweet Little Room, and John Mannering's antiques shop from the earlier ITC adventure series, The Baron.


  • Cock Ups... When Jeff (or more accurately, a particularly bad double!) runs down the service road off Cardinal Avenue and jumps into the waiting police car, we are on the cusp of a back projection foul up of some magnitude... We cut to the inside of the car (in studio with an optically added background) and Jeff starts explaining what's happened to Detective Sergeant Watts. The car slowly pulls away and we see the painted graffiti on the wall opposite (picture 1, below). The shot then cuts to Jeff, and the background images are of shop fronts on Shenley Road (2). We cut back to Watts and behind him we see we are still in Cardinal Avenue with the last bit of graffiti, a CND symbol next to the Tesco's store (3)! The car then turns into Shenley Road, some seven seconds after Jeff's side of the car was already there! To make matters worse, shortly afterwards, we cut back from Jeff to Watts and the car magically passes the end of Cardinal Avenue (4), going in the opposite direction to that in which the car set off!

  • Finally, Chambers+Partners commit another typographic faux-pas in the end credit sequence, with actor Drewe Henley credited as 'Drew Henley'. This means that three out of the first four end credit sequences has a misspelt name along the way... While the first two instances (Dolores Mantez being credited as Dolorez in My Late Lamented Friend and Partner and Cyril Renison becoming Renision in But What A Sweet Little Room) are repeated in the ITC Synopsis, this one is not, so entirely a titling error.


  • And Finally... A Sentimental Journey's director, Leslie Norman, a new addition to the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) team, had previously directed both Mike Pratt and Victor Maddern in Fall High, Fall Hard, an episode of the ITC crime thriller series Gideon's Way. Although both Pratt and Maddern had major roles in the episode, they did not actually appear in any scenes together. Ironically, Maddern's character was called Charles Randle!

Plotline: Scoton Productions / ITC UK Transmissions by Simon Coward and Alan Hayes
Review by Alan Hayes Declassified by Alan Hayes with thanks to Vince Cox and Andrew Pixley

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