Columbo as hangover cure, an appreciation...
In the pilot (left) Falk played it cool and aloof, but from 1968 (centre) to 2003 (right) the character and his clothes were set
There are 69 episodes of Columbo spanning 35 years, and it is remarkable how consistent his clothes, gestures and verbal ticks were. Of course there was the catchphrase of needing to ask 'just one more thing', but also there is the extreme deference, civility and naivety.
The mayor of Budapest unveiling the world's only Columbo statue, in 2014
Stars queued up to appear in an episode; including Donald Pleasance (left) and William Shatner (right)