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1990: Witness (BBC-2 24 Oct 1977, with Patricia Garwood)



In Witness, Dr Vickers, now safely in America, is doing his best to spread the word about the harsh conditions back in Britain and making speeches on television. His wife and daughrer are still languishing in Britain. Unfortunately for Kyle some of the things he says about the man who helped him get out of the country could possibly point the PCD in the direction of Kyle. It enough Skardon to determine to bring Kyle down once and for all.

When the PCD raid Kyle’s home we also get to meet the not seen so far Mrs Kyle. The home search is too much for Kyle’s son Bevan who takes his father’s shotgun and threatens the PCD men.

Kyle rushes home with Dave Brett of whom we also learn a bit more background, he’s a prominent import/export official and is actually quite valuable to the government. So much so that he is able to get the PCD men to pull back on their ransacking of Kyle’s house.

Things get murkier when Skardon arranges for Delly to visit America – with a deal for Vickers. His wife and daughter will be allowed out of the country if he returns back to Britain and testifies against Kyle. He agrees, his family are allowed to leave, but the PCD have reckoned without the fact that Vickers is now a US citizen and is free to leave whenever he wants. Naturally he refuses to implicate Kyle.

1990 Witness

Patricia Garwood plays Mrs Kyle, oft mentioned but previously never seen.

classic quote
“Our pens aren’t mightier than their swords, they’re bloody water pistols.”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 24 October 1977

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

Series: 1990 Season 1 Episode 7

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Barbara Kellermann as Delly Lomas
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Paul Hardwick as Faceless
George Murcell as Greaves
Clifton Jones as Henry Tasker
Peter Myers as Bingham
Mark Heath as Paul
Michael Cashman as Technician
Donald Gee as Dr Vickers
George Murcell as Greaves
John Savident as Dan Mellor
Michael Napier Brown as Nichols
Honor Shepherd as Marly
Patricia Garwood as Maggie Kyle
Jonathan Scott-Taylor as Bevan
John Bennett as Prosecutor
Yvonne Gilan as Defence Counsel
Clifford Mollison as Chairman
Terry Walsh as PCD man
Alan Harris as PCD man



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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