Shoestring (1979–1980)

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Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective


7.4/10
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  • Christopher Biggins and Diana Weston in Shoestring (1979)
  • Doran Godwin in Shoestring (1979)
  • Lynda Bellingham in Shoestring (1979)
  • Charlotte Cornwell and Ken Hutchison in Shoestring (1979)
  • Toyah Willcox in Shoestring (1979)
  • Michael Medwin in Shoestring (1979)

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Robert Banks Stewart, Richard Harris

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26 May 2001 | Powysw
Intense Gripping Crime Show
Shoestring was a unique series, a ratings winner for the BBC it was perhaps the most popular thing around at the time and spurned a fashion for loud pyjama style shirts! At the core of the show was Trevor Eve, a superb actor who played Eddie Shoestring with power and frightening intensity. Always on edge, you never knew how Eddie, the former mental patient turned Private Eye would react, and you kind of guessed another breakdown was always on the cards (none more so than in Mocking Bird). There wasnt a bad episode in this show, and Eve quit after two series leaving us with a show whose legacy was untarnished, giving a good lesson to other series that carry on long past their time. The show gave us some superb cameos too. Toyah Wilcox turns up as a wannabe pop star long before she was one and Christopher Biggins, Peter Dean, Michael Elphick, Eric Richard, Sean Arnold not forgetting Bert Kwouk

(better knowk as Peter Seller's sidekick Cato) all turn up in this series. The last episode The Dangerous Game is like a roll call of the future stars of The Bill, Boon, Dear John and I am sure many others besides. Eddie went out on a high and there are rumours that the eagle may fly again, Trevor Eve's wife dropping a less than subtle hint in a recent interview. I must mention Michael Medwin & Liz Crowther as the radio station stalwarts and of course Erica Bayliss, Eddie's long suffering girlfriend without whom this series would have missed something. Despite this, the glory of this show beloged to one man, Trevor Eve.

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