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Armchair Thriller: The Girl Who Walked Quickly (ITV 1978, Denis Lawson)

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In The Girl Who Walked Quickly, the girlfriend of brilliant University Student David Cooper, becomes increasingly concerned when he goes missing. Teaming up with Cooper’s tutor Godolt she tries to get to the bottom of his disappearance.

Meanwhile David himself has been taken by a terrorist group who, through the use of sensory deprivation, wipe his memory and using brainwashing techniques persuade him to commit acts of terrorism for them, beginning with a bomb blast in a tube station.

Starts off in similar fashion to most of the Armchair Thrillers before moving into spy/terrorist territory. It is made plain what is happening right from the very beginning so the whats going on aspect isn’t that high but it remains pretty tense throughout.

Denis Lawson has the lead role and is quite low key but given what is happening to him that is understandable. Given the state of the world today, the subject matter is quite precient.

Like all of the Armchair Thrillers this was shown at the rate of two episodes per week.

production details
UK / ITV Network – Thames / 4×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 March – 6 April 1978

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Script Executive: Joan Rodker / Theme Music: Andy Mackay / Incidental Music: Roger Webb / Production Design: Robin Parker / Producer: Jacqueline Davis / Director: Brian Farnham

Armchair Thriller Story 3

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DENIS LAWSON as David Cooper
PHYLLIDA NASH as Liz
CLIVE MERRISON as Godolt
ANNA NICHOLAS as The Girl
BARRY STANTON as Swift
JOHN GREGG as Everly
OLIVER SMITH as 1st Helper
LUKE HANSON as 2nd Helper
MARGERY MASON as Mrs Cooper
DEREK BENFIELD as Mr Cooper
COLIN McCORMACK as Det Sgt Bowen
ALAN BROWN as Det Chief Supt Mason
MARTIN FISK as Explosive Officer
BAY WHITE as Mrs Travers
ROBERT GARY as Photokit Officer
GEOFFREY LEESLEY as Policeman
PETER WIGHT as Operator No 1
ANTHONY HOWDEN as Operator No 2
NEIL HALLETT as Commander Lambert
DAVID CANN as Rodgers
EMRYS LEYSHON as Nugent
MARTYN WHITBY as Sniper No 2

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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

cast
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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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