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1990: The Market Price (BBC-2 27 Feb 1978, with Lyndon Brook)



In The Market Price Faceless introduces Kyle to a new contact. He’s a nutrionist by qualification who has been drafted into the PCD to tackle the black marketeers. The man, Kyle doesn’t want to know his name but we later learn he is called Greville, takes him to see a black marketeer and shows him how easy it easy to get hold of things if you have the money.

When Kyle and the new man take Dave Brett to a late night meeting with the black marketeer and his crew, they get caught up in a raid with the PCD. Brett, Kyle and the Black Marketeer manage to get away. Greville allows himself to be caught so that they can get away.

1990 The Market Price

Clive Swift is new news editor Doran, he has settled for not rocking the boat and Kyle is not impressed.

Because the black marketeers are within his remit Greville is almost able to talk his way out of trouble but ends up in one of the ARC’s (Adult Rehabilitation Centres) being forcefed meat (he a vegetarian and also allergic to red meat) and despite a rescue attempt mounted by Kyle and Brett he ends up dead.

Interesting to see that there is clearly a growing unrest within the PCD itself and that someone else besides Faceless willing to step into the spotlight.

John Ronane, then currently appearing in ITV crime drama Strangers, pops up as black market King Charles Graydon. A key contact of Brett’s and someone who doesn’t charge them for helping get people out of the country. Kyle, who is meeting him for the first time, takes an instant dislike to him but warily concedes that he is vital to their cause.

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John Ronane as black marketeer Charles Graydon.

classic quote
“This mate of yours is a shark. With his jaws into whole cargoes. Petrol, fags, booze, grub. It’s up to us to nanny him?”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 27 February 1978 at 8.10pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Roger Tucker

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 2

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Paul Hardwick as Faceless
Lyndon Brook as Peter Greville
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
Clive Swift as Tony Doran
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Max Harvey as Rev Newgate
Ann Curthoys as Mrs Greville
Jane Forster as Jodie Greville
Michael Cassidy as Alf Turner
Olu Jacobs as Alan Msawi
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
David McKail as Inspector Macrae
John Ronane as Charles Graydon
Fiona Walker as Miss Dalton
Norman Rutherford as Surveillance man
Marc Wolff as Pilot
Ken Halliwell as ARC Guard
Pat Gorman as ARC Guard



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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