The Columbo Podcast
The Columbo Podcast
Heard Yet Media
An affectionate retrospective podcast looking back at the classic detective show.
Introducing Fascinating? A Star Trek Podcast
The latest podcast project from Gerry & Iain sees them tackle the Original Series of Star Trek. Enjoy the first episode here.
Jan 8
1 hr 13 min
The Columbo Podcast: Bonus Content
This mini episode contains an excruciating outtake from the recording of the podcast for Season Ten's Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.
Apr 12, 2019
8 min
Episode 71 – A Columbo Podcast Update
Episode seventy one of the Columbo Podcast is a quick update and look forward for the show. In this podcast Gerry and Iain catch listeners up on what they've been doing lately, what their plans for the Columbo Podcast are and on their other upcoming shows.
Apr 14, 2017
13 min
Episode 70 – Just One More Thing…
Episode seventy of the Columbo Podcast looks back on the series, its highs and lows, triumphs and disasters. In this podcast Gerry and Iain revisit episode one, answer questions submitted by the listeners and cast their eyes forward to future endeavours.     Amongst the mysteries tackled in this episode are:   * Has Iain learned anything about Columbo during the first sixty nine episodes? * What goes into putting an episode of the podcast together? * Who was the show’s most sympathetic killer? * Which of Columbo’s tropes is the most appealing? * What will Iain and Gerry’s next project be? and * What next for the Columbo Podcast?   If you have thoughts on the Columbo Podcast please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Tweet
Mar 31, 2016
Episode 69 – Columbo Likes the Nightlife
The sixty seventh episode of Columbo was titled Columbo Likes the Nightlife and was the final episode of the show’s final season. Columbo pursues a nightclub owner and sitcom actress when one man dies and another disappears. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider the last ever episode of Columbo.     Welsh actor Matthew Rhys had the honour of portraying Columbo‘s final killer, as nightclub entrepreneur Justin Price. When his investor, Tony Galper (Carmine Giovinazzo), dies in an altercation with his ex-wife (and now Price’s partner)  Vanessa Farrow (Jennifer Sky), Justin and Vanessa conceal the death. Their dual motives are to avoid repercussions from Galper’s mob family and to ensure Justin’s new nightclub receives the funding Tony had arranged.   Unknown to them, however, tabloid hack Linwood Coben (Douglas Roberts) has been spying on Vanessa from a neighbour’s garden and has photos of them moving the body. Knowing they’ll never be free from his blackmail, Justin persuades Vanessa that the only option is for Coben to die. Justin then meets Coben and arranges to reconvene at the journalist’s office, where he brutally kills his one-time associate.   Julius Carry appears as Columbo’s primary LAPD support, while there is an entertaining cameo from The Sopranos actor Steve Schirripa as mob messenger Freddie. John Finnegan has a welcome cameo as Vanessa’s neighbour Sean Jarvis, while Lost star Jorge Garcia plays Justin’s doorman, Julius.   Director Jeffrey Reiner and writer Michael Alaimo make their only contributions to the Columbo universe with this episode.   If you have thoughts on any aspect of Columbo Likes the Nightlife, please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Columbo Likes the Nightlife was released in 2003. It is 85 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).   Tweet
Mar 24, 2016
Episode 68 – Murder with Too Many Notes
The sixty sixth episode of Columbo was titled Murder with Too Many Notes and was the fourth episode of the show’s final season. Columbo calls the tune as a legendary film composer tries to lead him on a merry dance. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider the show’s third and final Scottish killer.     Legendary Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly was handed the killer’s gloves as Columbo returned after a two-and-a-half year hiatus with a clunking, ill-conceived disaster of an episode. Connolly’s Findlay Crawford is a composer of film soundtracks who has been propped up in recent years by the uncredited work of his protégé Gabriel McEnery (Chad Willett) as his own talents waned. Threatened with exposure of this charade, Crawford kills McEnery using a long-abandoned elevator to knock him off the roof of a concert venue while apparently on-stage.   Richard Riehle makes his second and final Columbo appearance as Sergeant Degarmo, while additional support is provided by Charles Cioffi as movie director Sidney Ritter and Hillary Danner as McEnery’s girlfriend Rebecca. Obi Ndefo plays sound engineer Nathaniel Murphy, while Miguel Pérez is uncredited as security guard Freddie.   Patrick McGoohan returns for his final stint as director, working (and apparently heavily adapting) the work of writer Jeffrey Cava (who apparently was not best pleased at the result).   If you have thoughts on any aspect of Murder with Too Many Notes, please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Murder with Too Many Notes was released in 2001. It is 88 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).   Tweet
Mar 17, 2016
Episode 67 – Ashes to Ashes
The sixty fifth episode of Columbo was titled Ashes to Ashes and was the third episode of the show’s final season. Columbo goes head-to-head with a celebrity undertaker. In this podcast Gerry and Iain look at the final appearance of a much-loved performer.     In his final on-screen role, Columbo veteran Patrick McGoohan makes his fourth appearance in the show, playing Eric Prince, a celebrity undertaker who shares the secrets of the dead with a tabloid reporter. When that reporter, Verity Chandler (Rue McClanahan), works out that Prince stole a valuable necklace from a corpse she tells him she intends to report it, a revelation that leads to her immediate death at his hands.   The episode focuses largely on Prince and Columbo‘s interaction (to its benefit), but there are small supporting roles for Sally Kellerman as grieving widow Liz Houston, Ron Masak as fence Eddie Fenelle, Spencer Garrett as Verity’s PA Roger Gambles, Richard Riehle as Sergeant Degarmo, Richard Libertini as Sheikh Yarami, Edie McClurg as another widow – this time one vital to the conclusion of the investigation – and Catherine McGoohan (daughter of Patrick) as Rita, an assistant at the funeral parlour.   Patrick McGoohan, as in two of his three previous performance, doubled up as director, working with a young playwright named Jeffrey Hatcher, who has gone on to create cinema screenplays for films including The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley, and Mr. Holmes with Lord of the Rings star, Sir Ian McKellen.   If you have thoughts on any aspect of Ashes to Ashes, please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Ashes to Ashes was released in 1998. It is 88 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ...
Mar 10, 2016
Episode 66 – A Trace of Murder
The sixty fourth episode of Columbo was titled A Trace of Murder and was the second episode of the show’s final season. Columbo is forced to look close to home for a suspect. In this podcast Gerry and Iain look at a temperamental double act.     Star of Sledge Hammer!, David Rasche, teams up with Shera Danese – finally featuring as a killer – as Patrick Kinsley and Cathleen Calvert: a pair looking to frame Calvert’s husband Clifford (Barry Corbin) for the murder of rival Howard Seltzer (Raye Birk) and live off his wealth.   A small supporting cast includes Donna Bullock as Seltzer’s attorney Tracy Rose; John Finnegan reprising his role as Barney; and Will Nye as a helpful LAPD officer.   Vincent McEveety found himself in the director’s chair yet again, in his final stint, working with a story by Charles Kipps.   If you have thoughts on any aspect of A Trace of Murder, please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   A Trace of Murder was released in 1997. It is 88 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).   Tweet
Mar 3, 2016
Episode 65 – Strange Bedfellows
The sixty third episode of Columbo was titled Strange Bedfellows and was the first episode of the show’s final season. Columbo enlists unconventional assistance to pin down a double murderer. In this podcast Gerry and Iain look at a killer with no flair for disguises.     George Wendt, of Cheers fame, features as fratricidal killer Graham McVeigh. Having inherited half a horse training farm, McVeigh finds his life complicated by the presences of his gambling addict brother Teddy (Jeff Yagher). He concocts a complex scheme, convincing Teddy he will fix a race to pay off Bruno Romano (Jay Acovone), but dopes the horse causing it to come up short. He then seeks to frame Romano for Teddy’s death and sets up a self-defence alibi for his own killing of Romano.   Columbo isn’t the only characters keen to see justice served, however. Mob godfather Vincenzo Fortelli (Rod Steiger) was fond of Romano and has his mind set on taking revenge for that murder. Bruno’s partner, Lorraine Buchinsky (Linda Gehringer), provides an alibi for the time of Teddy’s death, while Sgt Phil Brindle (Bruce Kirby) assists the investigation.   Vincent McEveety found himself in the director’s chair once again, while the story was written by Peter S. Fischer, using his Lawrence Vail pseudonym.   If you have thoughts on any aspect of Strange Bedfellows, please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Strange Bedfellows was released in 1995. It is 86 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).   Tweet
Feb 25, 2016
Episode 64 – Undercover
The sixty second episode of Columbo was titled Undercover and was the final episode of the show’s twelfth season. Columbo adopts an alternative identity to infiltrate a criminal conspiracy. In this podcast Gerry and Iain look at a break from the traditional format.     After a minor role in Season 7’s How to Dial a Murder, Ed Begley Jr. returns as manipulative killer Irving Krutch, an insurance investigator whose standing was reduced when he failed to track down $4m stolen from a banking client some years earlier. Krutch has acquired a list of names – people connected to the original thieves who each hold one piece of a photograph showing the hiding place for the money.   The first people from the list we meet are JJ Dillinger (Jon Beshara) and Eugene E Ehrbach (an uncredited actor – can you identify him?), followed by Mo Weinberg (Burt Young), Geraldine Ferguson (Shera Danese), Dorothea McNally (Tyne Daly) and Derrick Combs (doesn’t appear). Columbo’s investigations are principally aided by Det. Sgt. Arthur Brown (Harrison Page) on the authority of their captain (Hank Garrett).   Irving Krutch’s alibi was supplied by his lover Suzie Endicott (Kristin Bauer), while Geraldine Ferguson’s associate Bramley Kahn (Edward Hibbert) also had a role to play in an episode featuring a sizeable principal cast.   Vincent McEveety got his shot at working from an Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) story, adapted for the screen by Gerry Day (her only work for the show).   If you have thoughts on any aspect of Undercover (and particularly if you know who played Eugene E. Ehrbach), please share them below, or find us on Twitter at @columbopodcast.   The Columbo Podcast is widely available – on iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, Pocket Casts or pretty much wherever you choose to receive and manage your podcasts. If you enjoy the show it would be greatly appreciated if you consider leaving ratings and reviews on these sites – particularly iTunes – as that can make a big difference to growing the podcast’s audience.   Undercover was released in 1994. It is 88 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).   Tweet
Feb 18, 2016
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