Ben Stiller Recreates Classic British Kids TV Show ‘Rentaghost’


I can hardly believe I’m writing this. When I was very young indeed, there was a show on the TV called Rentaghost, about an agency which hired out spooks and spectres for haunting purposes. It was a fun, knockabout kind of show, part fantasy, part panto, with a wild-eyed jester called Timothy Claypole as the centre of attention.

And now it is coming back, as a Hollywood blockbuster, starring Ben Stiller. Seasoned Anglophenians will remember it was originally a project for Russell Brand  (a natural heir to Claypole’s pointy hat if ever there was one, although he was slated to play Fred Mumford, the modern day ghost), but he’s no longer involved.

Here’s a snippet of the very first episode, to give you a clue as to what the hell is going on:

Although admittedly it’s probably not that much of a clue…

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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