'Two Can Play At That Game'
Randall and Hopkirk Deceased was a light hearted drama series staring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer whose characters ran a detective agency.....Vic Reeve's character was a sleeping partner in the firm....well actually he was dead!!
I must confess that the only episode of the show I've seen is this one which featured John as STUART BOYLE.
The episode opens with a shot of Boyles Department Store. Now derelict a would be burglar breaks into the building a only to find himself surrounded by a room full of manequins - manequins that appear to have a mind of their own!
Stuart turns up at the detective agency and speaks to the firms assistant, Jeany. He is worried having recieved a letter from is father who has been dead for 6 years. Jeany agrees to help and goes to the old department store where she is sedated and wakes up tied to a chair. Stuart has also been tied up!!
It turns out that Stuart went to school with Jeff Randall and that he is out for revenge as he was bullied by Jeff. When Jeff discovers where Jeany has gone he heads to the department store himself. All three of them find themselves locked in a store with booby traps and a mind of its own.
As they search for a way out,it becomes clear that there is more to Stuart than meets the eye.
Stuart Boyle is MAD!! The whole thing was a set up to lure Jeff and punish him for what happened at school. Eventually Stuart manages to tie Jeff and Jeany to a large arcade game, the winner of which will die!! Like I say, he's totally loopy!!
John plays this character really well....its a very smiley role which is nice, not to mention a little manic!
ps. Look out for the fetching silver boiler suit!!
Two Can Play At That Game featured in the second series of the show and is still available on DVD. Often for sale on Ebay.