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1990: Creed of Slaves (BBC-2 18 Sep 1977, with John Savident)



In Creed of Slaves, the opening episode of 1990, it is the near future and Britain is under the control of the all powerful Department of Public Control. A Kafka meets Orwell world where everything you say and do is monitored by the bureaucracy. Journalist Jim Kyle does his best to spread dissent. He is also planning a big story revealing the government’s plans for a series of adult “rehabilitation” centres. Delly Lomas, a deputy controller, is assigned to find out what Kyle is up to.

Kyle also secretly works as part of a resistance movement that helps get people out of the country.

Meanwhile Dr Vickers, having tried all legitimate forms of trying to get out of the country turns to Kyle for help.

An excellent opener with the central idea of getting people out of the country nicely centre stage as well as exploring the impact of Kyle having to juggle his journalistic position with that of his resistance work knowing that he can’t always print what he knows.

The future angle, this is only the very near future after all, isn’t really talked about apart from little bits of technology such as recording gear and jammers and the like. Kyle also has a rather outrageous car phone.

1990 Creed of Slaves

Donald Gee played Dr Vickers

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 18 September 1977 at 8.10pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Rochelle Selwyn / Director: Alan Gibson

Series: 1990 Season 1 Episode 1

Donald Gee as Dr Vickers
Stacy Davies as PCD Inspector
Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Honor Shepherd as Marly
John Savident as Dan Mellor
Paul Chapman as Randall
Luke Hanson as Grey
Lynn Dalby as Mrs Grey
Barbara Kellermann as Delly Lomas
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Clifton Jones as Henry Tasker
George Murcell as Greaves
Mathias Kilroy as Pearce
Robert Swales as Wilkie
Elleen Davies as Mrs Vickers
Sophie Coghill as Tina Vickers
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Willie Jonah as Nolan
Malcolm Rennie as Emigration officer
Bruce Lidington as Harper
Bill Rourke as Emigrant
Desmond Jordan as Burnley
Paul Hardwick as Faceless
Colin Fay as Stevedore



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

classic quote
I may be common but I’m not stupid

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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