Tuesday 6 December 2016

Declan Lynch: Not a lieutenant -- but a commander in the field

Bullshit will never die -- so, in that sense, dishevelled detective Columbo will live on in our hearts, writes Declan Lynch

Published 03/07/2011 | 05:00

THE passing of Lieutenant Columbo, or Peter Falk as he was less well known, has been a relatively quiet affair.

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We had a few respectful lines in our news bulletins, perhaps a brief scene from an episode of Columbo, and the usual bland generalisations of the TV reporters, ideally pitched at a viewer who has never heard of the lieutenant, or indeed has never heard of anything in this world.

It has been most unsatisfactory.

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