In Day of the Miuras Hadleigh finds himself unwillingly drafted back into the civil service. The treasury department want him to travel to Spain with the officious George Wenner to look for a “spy” who has gone missing. However the department have got Hadleigh involved under false pretences. Wenner is only interested in catching a number of English people who have bought villas in the region despite there being a limit on the amount of money being allowe out of the country – which at the time was just £5,000. It was the relaxing of these rules that allowed for the package holiday boom of the 1970’s.
Hadleigh is none too pleased when he discovers the real reason for the trip.
Another one of those episodes set abroad but completely filmed in studio. It’s quite a strange affair to be honest. Hadleigh it turns out apparently visits Spain every year for the bullfighting (which of course we see no sign of) and in particular the Day of the Miuras. Wenner is a thoroughly unlikable character and the plot seems somewhat pointless until we discover that Hadleigh is planning to team up with a friend Charles Peters to build a hotel on the land that he owns. Peters ha recently become a French citizen so the money rules do not affect him.
“Tony will turn up when he is told to, now it is your turn to get lost.”
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 4 November 1969 at 9.00pm
Writer: Raymond Bowers / Production Design: Jane Martin / Director: Cecil Petty
Series: Hadleigh Season 1 Episode 8
Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Neil McCallum as George Wenner
Clive Czes as Pedro
Paul Armstrong as Jaime
Ralph Gruskin as Jose
Geoffrey Sumner as Sir John Beckley
Alan Tucker as Frank Forbitt
Bernard Horsfall as Charles Peters
Edward Burnham as Cabinet minister
Alan Fredericks as Bank clerk