In his day, Alfred Hitchcock was one of the best known and most recognisable film directors, and not just because of his movies. From 1955 to 1962, he had a TV series called Alfred Hitchcock Presents which consisted of self-contained stories which dealt with drama, mystery suspense and [often dark] humour. Hitchcock only directed 17 of the episodes, but he presented and concluded each one in tongue in cheek scenarios which were sometimes the highlights of the programme. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour followed in 196 for three years but then that was it until 1985 when a new Alfred Hitchcock Presents series appeared which remade some of the older episodes in colour and retained Hitchcock’s contributions.
The new series will be a bit different. It will, apparently,
“Focus on a single season-long mystery or crime in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy. Plans are in place for the studio to continue collaborating with the Hitchcock Estate to design a series that will entertain Hitchcock enthusiasts and entice an entirely new generation of fans”.
Consider me excited, especially as Universal intend to attach notable directors to work on the series. But what will they do with the iconic Hitchcock bits? I’m not sure that it will be right to use them a third time and I have a feeling that they won’t do so, but it does mean that a vital ingredient will be missing….