Gerry Anderson’s Dick Spanner, P.I.

Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 1 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 2 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 3 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 4 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 5 of 5)

Dick Spanner, P.I. was a tongue-in-cheek 1986 British television series filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, starring mild-mannered robot private detective Dick Spanner (voiced by Shane Rimmer).

The series consisted of 22 six-minute episodes, covering two story arcs: “The Case of the Human Cannonball” and “The Case Of The Maltese Parrot”, both consisting of 11 episodes each. The programme was originally seen in the UK as part of Sunday morning show Network Seven, but was later given a late night showing, where its sly satire and sight-gags could perhaps be better appreciated.

As far as I know, this has never been seen in the U.S. and is unlikely to get here via DVD, either.

This is what YouTube is good for: Letting us deprived Americans see the stuff the Brits have had for ages.

See it before someone with more power than brains classifies it as a DMCA violation and it gets a takedown put on it. Don’t forget, Firefox users: Video Downloader is your friend!

Damn! That was fast! Gone 24 hours after I encountered them. As the saying goes, I got mine, Jack!

Second Update: Hey, You Suits who hold the rights! Release it on DVD in the U.S., dammit!

Third update: I’ve emailed the rights holder to ask for a US DVD release. You should too. One Media Publishing Ltd.

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