I knew it would be on the forum. Thank you, Terry! I just heard it on the radio in the car, such a shock! We love Columbo here in Germany, and I particularly did when I was in my teens. I´m very sad about these news :'(!
Oh, and there is even a connection, both Peter Falk and Peter Sallis were good friends with Patrick McGoohan who appeared in several Columbo episodes.
Never that much of a fan of COLUMBO but its sad that he passed the way he did. I remember him more for a part in a film with ROBERT MITCHUM . ANZIO I think it was titled, he played a scout for the American Army operating sometimes behind the lines. The scene in a farmhouse where he tries to teach two Italian girls to sing Bye Bye Blackbird is one of my favourites. :'(
Actually many shows do follow a formuale - it seems that is what people like: some thing familiar.
However I would always immediately move if an old lady called Miss Marple came to stay, or a Belgian chap and I would never live in Oxford or a village called Midsomer Whatever .... far too great a risk of murder!