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Rockford Files, The

James Garner tackles his first case as the eponymous Jim Rockford in this TV movie also starring Lindsay Wagner and Bill ‘Will’ Mumy. Of course, The Rockford Files is great for so very many reasons. Apart from providing classic pub quiz questions (Q: What did Jim Rockford call his Dad?) there’s the theme music of course, the fantastic opening titles with those still photographs of him driving around and fishing and the show-opening answer machine gag, although we’re not sure that was in place here. That also provided no end of consternation when one of your diligent TVC teams’ Dads spent hours trying to record that bit from off the telly onto his new and unfeasibly unwieldy answer phone. Was this every Dad’s favourite programme?

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  1. Matt Patton

    July 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

    It was certainly MY dad’s favorite show.

  2. Richard Davies

    August 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    The music was my Mike “Hill Street Blues” Post.

    I really got into this when it was shown on Wednesday lunchtimes on BBC1 in 1994-5.

    I only have college in the mornings I would watch it when I got home.

  3. Lee James Turnock

    September 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Bernard Manning used to exit the stage to the Rockford Files theme during the 1990s.

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