Yesterday I got one of those emails from Amazon telling me about the great deals they’re doing on TV box sets.
Now I have to admit, I watch a lot of box sets, well, box sets and films. That’s because I don’t watch programmed TV. In fact, the TV isn’t connected to an aerial at all. So if I watch a programme it’s on box set, and I’ve bought that box set on a trusted recommendation.
Wow, that took me back. I used to love watching Columbo re-runs when I was a kid. It was out-dated even then, but there was something about the seemingly bumbling, but oh-so-sharp detective that always had me hooked.
With his unassuming manner, he was rather like a less smug version of Poirot. And his characteristic, ‘one last thing,’ style has inspired many a more recent character. To name one, I personally think there are quite a few similarities between Columbo and Patrick Jane in The Mentalist.
And, of course, Columbo was a pioneer of the Detective-in-a-Mac look – a personal favourite of mine!
So maybe I might just order that box set.
Have you been inspired to write by any TV characters?
- Columbo – “A Stitch in Crime” (howsweetitwas.wordpress.com)
- Columbo – one of my role models (medrants.com)
- Columbo in the Clue Mansion (scribblesinnotebooks.wordpress.com)
- Peter Falk Double Bill: Murder By Death (1976) & The Cheap Detective (1978)… (videokrypt.wordpress.com)