Shoestring was quirky, intriguing, challenging, topical, down-to-earth, and the 'cutting edge' English detective drama series of its time (though Eddie Shoestring wasn't strictly speaking a detective). It had a big following. The show is set in Bristol, in the West of England, which at the time was also quirky and down-to-earth.
Goodness only knows when Shoestring was last shown on our screens in the U.K.! It must be around twenty years ago. Or perhaps it's still around somewhere? This is one of those old shows which will be well worth reviving when the new technology allows selective broadcasting.
Shoestring was completely unglamorized, and those who remember it will probably be amazed, if they see it again, by how much the world has changed since then. For instance, Eddie used to call in to his radio station from the old red telephone kiosks, and computers were on another planet for him. He had a droopy moustache (a little like something out of the Beatles) and like most Englishmen at the time looked as if he had had a hair-cut some time last year.
Eddie was more than a little hung over from past mental illnesses. This made him thoughtful, and he seemed to understand people on the edge.
Bring it back!