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1990: You’ll Never Walk Alone (BBC-2 27 Mar 1978, with David Rintoul)



In You’ll Never Walk Alone Kyle is seeing rather a lot of Lynn Blake, she makes it plain she still has feelings for him. One of the dissident groups that Kyle and Brett are involved with are making plans to ramp up their activity – by kidnapping Blake. Kyle is furious but the young leader of the group distrusts Kyle’s friendship with Lynn and wants to make a point. He also seems quite keen on running things his way not Kyle’s. Lynn is slightly injured in a botched kidnap attempt and Kyle ends up staying the night with her.

Meanwhile one of Britain’s top new sports is Chess and king of the game is Phil Ross. He has an important match coming up against a top American player, Kyle knows that Ross used to be quite a subversive and is applying pressure on him to agree to the American match (knowing that the PCD won’t allow it).

You'll Never Walk Alone

After the kidnap attempt Lynn and Kyle become more than friendly.

Ross’s conscience strikes and he makes a comment live on air during one of his matches saying that he can’t take the American on in the states because the PCD won’t allow him an exit visa – scared that he won’t come back.

We also get another glimpse into Skardon’s home life, first with a meal cooked for his mother and then a game of chess with. Interesting to note the giant portrait of Napoleon on the wall.

As always in the world of 1990 there are no easy answers for anybody. Ross knows his outburst had no bite to it and is unwilling to risk his family’s safety agreeing in the end to put his comments down to stress – he does end the episode deliberately losing his chess match though.

1990 You'll Never Walk Alone

Adam Bareham as Alan, the wannabe leader of the young group of dissidents Brett and Kyle are involved with,

classic quote
“Britain is not the land of opportunity … The authorities have refused me an exit visa for the Chess Championship because they fear I might not come back.”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 27 March 1978 at 7.55pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Judy Steele / Director: David Sullivan Proudfoot

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 6

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Tony Doyle as Brett
Adam Bareham as Alan
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
David Rintoul as Philip Ross
Geoffrey Burridge as Cyrus Asher
Joyce Carey as Nancy Skardon
James Murray as Abe
Sue Woodley as Annie
Gretta Gouriet as Newsreader
Alan Leith as Rickerby
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate



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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