In Hong Kong Story Hadleigh has two weeks to sell a diamond worth almost a million pounds, his cut of the sale is worth twenty five percent of the commission. James has a Chinese buyer lined up in Hong Kong but it will be a tricky sale especially when it becomes very clear that Hadleigh’s buyer has his own agenda.
Meanwhile a Dutchman called Grootman also wants the diamond, Hadleigh doesn’t seem to mind the competition though, especially as with a week to wait for the deal to go through it gives him time to spend with Grootman’s glamorous assistant Kai Yin.
Hadleigh is once again at his best when getting the better of people who are trying to do him over. He knows that someone is trying to play him for a fool in order to get the diamond for a cheaper price however it’s not until the closing scenes on the plane home that he finds out just who is the surprising figure behind it all (and it’s not who you might think).
Any TV show taking the opportunity to film overseas was always a big deal and there was an extensive four page feature in the TV Times for the week about the filming and Harper himself being mobbed by the English colony out there. At the time Hong Kong was still very much under English rule.
With the whole thing filmed on location there is no production designer credited and Hadleigh himself is the only regular cast member to appear. Nancy Kwan was main guest star, she remains best known for her role in the film The World of Suzie Wong.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 23 April 1976 at 9.00pm
Writer: David Ambrose / Director: Jim Goddard
Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 8
Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Joop Doderer as Grootman
Nancy Kwan as Kai Tin
Christopher Benjamin as Oberman
David Waller as Ian Branby
Eddie Au Yeung as Mr Kwok
Richard Wong Ching as First Chinese Heavy
Mak Yue Choi as Second Chinese Heavy