In Hazell Works for Nothing our intrepid tec is asked by his mother (who is ill in hospital) to help a woman she knows whose son is on the run after taking part in a robbery in which a nightwatchman was shot. Much to Hazell’s dismay his mother has arranged that he works for no payment.
The man, Bernie, is high on the police wanted list and it seems like every “rozzer” in London is on the lookout for him, making tracking him down even harder. Hazell discovers that the married Franks was also heavily involved with “lady of the night” Sadie.
An episode that definitely veers on to the seedy side of the street. Hazel sleeps with a prostitute who turns out to be Bernie’s girl and then discovers he might have got a sexually transmitted disease.
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 13 March 1978 at 9.00pm
Writer: Peter Ransley / Production Design: Bill Palmer, David Ferris / Director: Moira Armstrong
Series: Hazell Season 1 Episode 9
Nicholas Ball as James Hazell
George Hilsdon as Fred
Betty Hardy as Glad
Michael Graham Cox as Bernie Franks
Anne Kristen as Mrs Franks
Lorraine Brown as Linda Franks
Roddy McMillan as Choc Minty
Maggie Riley as Maureen
Barbara Young as Dot Wilmington
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Gretchen Franklin as Pearl
Alexandra Dane as Moira
Alibe Parsons as Sadie
Sheelah Wilcocks, Doremy Vernon as Hospital Clerks
Neil Landor as Radio announcer