In The Goddaughter Hadleigh finds himself getting involved in the life of his goddaughter Joanna. She is a student at the same Oxford university that Jennifer attended. She has become caught up in a movement to allow under-graduates of both sexes to be admitted. Jennifer is very pleased to discover that Kate, her favourite old tutor is also heavily involved in the campaign.
James discovers that Kate is really only involved as part of her wider attempt to put a stop to building of a modernistic new graduate block at the university. The news gives James and Jennifer the chance to go head to head as they disagree over Kate’s involving of Joanna.
Dame Audrey, who runs the University, plans to rush through the building of the graduate block and plans to sweet-talk her biggest public benefactor into bringing forward his donation. The benefactor just happens to be Jennifer’s father Charlie!
Joanna Twigge, who plays Joanna, would become a series regular during the fourth and final season. James is caught between a real rock and a hard place, he genuinely cares for Joanna and doesn’t want her to ruin her education. It’s also an interesting episode for Jennifer. She can see what she is missing out on somewhat living in the Yorkshire countryside. Joanna walks out on university and tells James and Jennifer that she is going to stay with some friends in Notting Hill – Jennifer remarks to James that she almost wishes she was going too. The episode closes out with a lonely shot of Jennifer standing in the hallway by herself.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 24 August 1973 at 9.00pm
Writer: David Ambrose / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: Moira Armstrong
Series: Hadleigh Season 3 Episode 10
Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Hilary Dwyer as Jennifer Hadleigh
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Jenny Twigge as Joanna
Pauline Jameson as Dame Audrey
Rosalie Crutchley as Kate
Karen Ford as Lucinda Smithers
Mary Kenton as Nesta Holmes
Gerald James as Charlie Caldwell