Rent Shoestring: Series 1 (1979)

3.3 of 5 from 10 ratings
9h 18min
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First broadcast in 1979, 'Shoestring' became one of the most popular British private detective shows of all time, with Trevor Eve playing the dishevelled radio detective Eddie Shoestring. Eddie is an unconventional and unlikely private eye. In fact, with his own phone-in radio show, he's more like a troubleshooting private ear. His scruffy clothes, shaggy hairstyle and off-centre view of life offer him a clever and deceptive camouflage when he's on the crime-solving trail. His listeners' appeals include grisly pranks at a prep school, a missing punk rocker and a victim of a predatory cult.
Eddie's quest for justice leads him into some dangerous scrapes - and some funny ones, in investigations full of twists and surprises.
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Robert Banks Stewart
Voiced By:
Ysanne Churchman, Ian Cross, Sheila Dunn
Robert Banks Stewart, Richard Harris
Robert Banks Stewart, Richard Harris, Bob Baker, Dave Humphries, Robert Bennett, Terence Feely, Peter Miller, Peter King, John Kruse, Philip Martin, Michael Armstrong, Jim Hawkins
British TV, TV Classics, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries
Release Date:
Run Time:
558 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Private Ear
2. Knock for Knock
3. Higher Ground
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. An Uncertain Circle
5. Listen to Me
6. Nine Tenths of The Law
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. The Link-Up
8. Stamp Duty
9. Find the Lady
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
10. The Partnership
11. I'm a Believer

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Reviews (1) of Shoestring: Series 1

Excellent entertaining gentle 1979 TV detective series - Shoestring: Series 1 review by PV

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I remember watching this as a kid first time round though no specific episodes. I liked the complex dishevelled Eddie Shoestring character, created by a writer who'd been in TV drama since late 50s, and it does have that dated tone, even for 1979 and despite an ethnically mixed cast for the time.

Yes it is dated BUT not that much - funny how some jokes Shoestring males would definitely now be cut so as not to offend, esp jokes about women and gender - but all harmless actually. Just shows these days the world is too woke to take a joke! It adds to Eddie Shoestring's character and is true to it.

Great too to spot actors who found fame later - Peter Beale who got famous as Pete from Eastenders plays TWO characters in different episodes a copper and a wildlife park assistant keeper! Gordon Kaye aka Rene from Allo Allo rocks up in an episode as an unlikely ex-soldier. Harry S Corbett aka Steptoe obviously needed the cash to take a role in this.

Best of all is episode 9 which features TOYAH who plays a singer called TOOLA with her real band, who got famous in 1980 with IT'S A MYSTERY top 5 hit. Her manager is Christopher Biggins who does not quite convince as a violent womaniser drugdealing gangster. The same episode features Mick Jagger's brother Christopher. And also a bit part for Kevin WHitely - later Lewis in Morse after Auf -Pet - though the lack of continuity is hilarious. He plays a rich footballer and has 3 lines in a travel agent as a Geordie; later this character calls up the radio show and his accent has miraculously become pure London! Mad!

Great fun and I enjoyed it for the nostalgia and lack of woke pc nonsense of today's preachy box-ticking issue-laden TV drama which I have stopped watching. 4 stars.

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