Another of my old favourites I have been catching up on again on ITV4. I always liked Telly Savalas as an actor and enjoyed him in this series. I think that of the American ones, this was probably closest to The Sweeney, I liked the slightly run down, gritty feel of early 70s New York, it seemed a bit reminiscent of London at the time, and was very characterful. I liked the 70s fashions and American cars too.
Incidentally, my Dad met Telly once, he was a bit of a golf fan and sometimes used to go to either Lytham or Birkdale when the open was held there in the 70s, and he turned up in the crowd, next to where dad was. They had a bit of a chat and he said that he seemed like a nice bloke.
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Sept 13, 2018 19:06:13 GMT
I try and watch the Kojak reruns on Freeview when I get a chance or any days of work at home, quite enjoy them. Kojak's "factory" he works out of looks more run down even than Colet Court does inside! Real New York police station offices were probably like that I bet. The street scenes and very "real" characters also mark it out and Kojak drives a brown squad car too!
Savalas was always good in other parts too I thought. He even tried a bit of singing, and did voiceovers for British tourist films believe it or not!
Post by Arthur Pringle on Sept 15, 2018 17:40:08 GMT
Kojak is a show I would watch if it was on, like Columbo. I did buy series 1 on dvd a long time ago but I don't think I've watched all of it. Having said that I like Telly Savalas, a charismatic actor. The famous lollipop he actually used as a prop before Kojak in a film called 'Lisa And The Devil'.
The films Gerry mentions, there is a radio programme about them on the site below which is well worth a listen. The film on Birmingham is played to a Brummie audience, their reaction is great entertainment.
Post by Where's The Money on Sept 25, 2020 19:06:30 GMT
Love a bit of Kojak. A genuinely top series filmed in New York at a time when it was at a low ebb and actually a pretty dangerous place to visit. Telly Savalas is brilliant, a top actor. An older pal of mine met him, showed me the picture of them together, says he was a lovely warm kind of guy. Telly may not have been a handsome fella but very charismatic. He was a godfather to Jennifer Aniston don't you know.