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1990: What Pleases The Prince (BBC-2 10 Apr 1978, with Michael Tarn)



In What Pleases The Prince, one of the Pentagon dissident groups Kyle is involved with (we discover he is a member of 23 of them!) is raided by the PCD. It just so happens that there were six of them there instead of the permitted five (the meeting was being held in the house of the mother of one of the group and although she wasn’t taking part in the meeting she was still there). One of the group, Robert Brooks, is arrested and taken in for questioning.

When John Brooks tries to discover the whereabouts of his brother we get a real insight into just how rife the bureaucracy is in 1990. We also get a nice insight into the workings of the underground press that Kyle and Brett run when John tries to persuade Kyle to help find his brother.

Kyle does manage to arrange a visit for his mother and brother to the ARC where Robert is being kept but Robert’s “treatment” has already gone too far and he is now little more than a vegetable. It’s all too much for John and he arranges for Kyle to get as many foreign press to Trafalgar Square as possible. Kyle thinks he is just going to make a statement but he sets himself on fire and kills himself in front of the world’s cameras.

The story creates shockwaves around the world, with sanctions and major trouble from leaders around the world.

Kyle puts himself in massive danger when he voices the news story that goes worldwide. The fallout also puts the PCD itself in the firing line.

1990: What Pleases The King

The rebellion begins in earnest when thousands begin burning their ID cards.

The incident sparks a massive ground swing of discontent as people start dumping their ID cards en masse. The Home Secretary tells Skardon to round up 10% of all the people without ID but she turns the tables on him in a TV speech saying that everyone will be granted amnesty. It’s a plot to get rid of Skardon and position herself as possibly the new prime minister. Skardon, knowing his time with the PCD is finished, throws his ID card away too and makes a break for it only to land right at the feet of Kyle and Brett.

Meanwhile Brett has decided that the time for talking is done. All of the Pentagon groups are coming together, armed and dangerous, to capture as many PCD officials as possible. Kyle is firmly against the idea knowing that the tide is finally turning but Brett also knows if they act quickly they can end it quickly.

A superb final episode, everything falls apart for the PCD very quickly once the revolt begins. Kyle gets what he wants – the end of the PCD, but loses what he come to value most – Lynn who is taken into custody to be tried.

A very satisfying ending to the series, the downfall of the PCD allows the series to reach a natural conclusion. As befitting the downbeat feel of the whole series, there is no real sense of victory as far as Kyle is concerned. Only the bittersweet knowledge that he is got what he wanted but at a cost.

1990: What Pleases The King

One last meeting between Kyle and Lynn before she is taken into custody.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 10 April 1978

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Alan Gibson

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 8

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
Michael Tarn as John Brooks
Michael Osborne as Robert Brooks
Primi Townsend as Verna Wells
Jenny Laird as Mrs Brooks
Norman Rutherford as Surveillance man
Ysanne Churchman as PCD clerk
Edmond Bennett as Caretaker
Tony Sibbald as Newscaster
Sandra Payne as Barbara Fairlie



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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