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1990: Pentagons (BBC-2 20 Feb 1978, with John Nolan)



In Pentagons, the opening episode of the second season of 1990, Home Secretary Dan Mellor is gone (most likely to one of the Adult Rehabilitation Centres) and a tough new female Home Secretary has taken his place. Also gone is Delly Lomas. Lomas was somewhat sympathetic towards Kyle. Taking the place of Lomas is former Department of Health leader Lyn Blake. She and Kyle were once more than a little friendly and she believes she can change his thinking.

In shock of shocks, in the opening moments of the episode, Faceless reveals himself to Kyle. Later when Kyle visits Blake at home she makes it plain she knows about Faceless and has been tasked with bringing him down (and Kyle too). Kyle wants to get Faceless out of the country but he is determined to stay.

The current government’s time is due to be up shortly which should technically mean a general election. But of course the PCD will make sure that doesn’t happen.

Kyle has become a member of a new dissident group called Pentagon (it is forbidden for groups of five or more to gather in discussion) – each cell of Pentagon is made up of five people.

John Nolan, best known for his role in the highly popular Shabby Tiger, plays Tomson, a member of Kyle’s Pentagon group who is plotting an assassination attempt on Skardon – the man Tomson holds responsible for the imprisonment of his father. If Tomson goes ahead with the attempt the results could be disastrous for the Pentagon.

1990 Pentagons

Lisa Harrow plays Lynn Blake, who has replaced Delly Lomas as second in command at the PCD.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 20 February 1978 at 8.10pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Paul Joel / Director: Peter Sasdy

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 1

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
David McKail as PCD Inspector MacRae
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Paul Hardwick as Faceless (Maudsley)
Oscar James as Everton
John Nolan as Tomson
Paul Beech as Green
Norman Mitchell as Sewell
Barry Lowe as Frank Fenton
Clive Swift as Tony Doran
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
De Souza as Perez Edward
David Rose as Policeman



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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