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Callahan

ONE OF those American imports that lit up the dark recesses of late night ITV, a la Sledgehammer. Despite being cut from similar cloth, this one-off POLICE SQUAD-type US action spoof, based around the Indiana Jones ‘hero-in-a-hat-plus-papier-mache-caves’ format, and roping in Jamie Lee Curtis as the permanently-imperilled female lead, failed to translate into the inevitable season of 2000 episodes, despite being nifty in the postmodern gags stakes. Fondly recalled bits of over-clever folderol included a ludicrously OTT A-TEAM-style militaristic theme tune which went on for at least two whole minutes (“CALLAHAN! CALLAHAN! C-A-L-L-A-H-A-N! CALLAHAN!”)

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  1. Barry

    December 3, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Well thank God I’m not going mad!!!! It has taken me ages to explain and describe this programme, which I thought I saw in the 90’s. I just remember watching it late evening, and I can still hum the theme tune now. Nobody I know has seen or remember it, but my wife painstakingly found this website.. hurrah!!

    • TV Cream

      December 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      You’re not the only one, Barry! For a programme only ever shown once, in a graveyard slot on ‘some ITV regions, times vary’, it’s a surprisingly well remembered little oddity.

      And now we’ll have that bombastic theme tune rattling round our skulls for the rest of the morning..

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