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1990: Young Sparks (BBC-2 3 Apr 1978, with George Pravda)



In Young Sparks dissident Alan has stepped up his activism, he and his group have kidnapped Pallin, an important foreign trade delegate. He is taken to an ARC to be given “treatment” but he dies whilst on the shock therapy table.

The PCD are convinced that Kyle is involved and decide to interrogate him. Kyle is given a truth drug but manages to reveal very little.

Kyle is convinced that Alan and his new group (he was previously kicked out of Kyle’s main group for being too aggressive) are behind the death of Pallin. He is able to arrange a meeting with Alan’s group and tells them he has negotiated a deal that will see a group of scientists released from an Adult Rehabilitation Centre if they keep quite about what really happened to Pallin. Unfortunately the story gets out and only one scientist gets away.

Now that Kyle and Blake are romantically involved there has been a shift in the dynamic of the series. She and Kyle are basically working together and in doing so their ideals are compromised somewhat.

Alan, who is a thoroughly unlikable character, has a genuine hatred for Kyle and distrusts him hugely, especially over his involvement with Blake. Things take a decidedly nasty turn when Alan kidnaps Lynn intending to take her for “treatment” to an ARC. Kyle and Brett mount a rescue attempt.

As the season moves towards it’s climax the stakes are being raising again. Alan and his group are just one of many dissident groups around the country coalescing under the name Pentagon (because only five people are allowed to gather for a meeting at any one time), Skardon is finding his role more and more difficult and Kyle and Lynn both need to tread very carefully.

1990 Young Sparks

Kyle tries to give the troublesome Alan some advice but it falls on deaf ears.

classic quote
“Somewhere there is a whole series of one way mirrors and somebody sits behind each one. Staring through the silvered glass at somebody on the other side. While that person, in turn, is watching somebody else. Nobody laughs. All straightfaced and reflecting. The last watches the first. They all think it’s bad and what they don’t seem to know is that above their heads is a huge magnifying glass through which peers a vast unblinking eye.”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 3 April 1978 at 8.10pm

Writer: Jim Hawkins / Production Design: Michael Young / Director: Kenneth Ives

Series: 1990 Season 2 Episode 7

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Lisa Harrow as Lynn Blake
Adam Bareham as Alan
George Pravda as Pallin
Julia Schofield as Liz
Yvonne Mitchell as Kate Smith
William Wilde as Riley
Peter Clay as Mayers
Martin Fisk as Sanders
David McKail as Inspector Macrae



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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