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1990: Trapline (BBC-2 6 Mar 1978, with John Paul)



In Trapline Kyle and Brett get involved with a private security firm run by William Grainger, the firm he runs is very much along PCD lines and Walker is very friendly with Skardon. However Grainger is very much into lining his own pockets when it comes to the jobs he undertakes.

A major crook, Digger Radford, has stolen 36 armoured car engines from under the noses of Grainger’s firm and he is not happy but has spotted a chance to make some extra money on the side by persuading Radford’s boss Harry Blaney to cut a deal and not give all of the engines back. Grainger doesn’t know he has been recorded by Brett and when Kyle hears about it he is keen to bring Grainger down.

When the PCD handily get their hands on Brett’s tape, Grainger and his No 2 Borden are keen to get out of the country. Surprsingly Skardon suggests Kyle may be able to help, he does but it doesn’t end quite the way Grainger and Borden anticipate.

1990 Trapline

New Home Secretary Kate Smith is a tough one.

Meanwhile Skardon is planning to bring a new voting process that would see people using a thumbprint to make their vote – of course this would give Skardon and the PCD the data on everyone who voted against them. We also get some interesting background on Skardon. A confirmed bachelor he is having an affair with one of the women at the PCD.

The best scene comes at the end when Kyle is invited to lunch with new home secretary Kate Smith. She is disappointed that Grainger and Borden made it out to Denmark but very pleased that they were arrested by the Danish authorities when they arrived.

The idea of private security firms is a new introduction to the series, but a natural one really, and as it turns out very 1990.

Having so far not appeared this season it looks like Henry Tasker has gone the way of Delly Lomas although their has been no explanation over his departure from the PCD.

There is an excellent collection of guest players too, John Paul as head of an emasculated police force, Donald Burton as Harry Blaney who is something of a major villain and is definitely on the side of Brett and Kyle. Norman Eshley as Grainger’s chief henchman Tony Borden who has a very unsavoury private life and John Carson as Grainger.

1990 Trapline

Genre favourite John Paul as police chief Richard Hallam.

classic quote
“Who are we out to nail? Care-guard, the Home Secretary or Skardon and the PCD?”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 6 March 1978

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Judy Steele / Director: Peter Sasdy

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 3

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
John Paul as Richard Hallam
John Carson as William Grainger
Norman Eshley as Tony Borden
Donald Burton as Harry Blaney
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Sandra Payne as Barbara Fairlie
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
Stanley Lebor as Digger Radford
Peter Diamond as Thug



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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