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Armchair Thriller: Rachel In Danger (ITV 1978, Stephen Greif)

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In Rachel In Danger young Rachel hasn’t seen her father since she was two years old and visits him in London, what she doesn’t know though is that her father has been murdered and that the man who comes to collect her from Euston Station is an imposter. Juan, the man who has taken her father’s place, is the leader of a terrorist cell that is planning an assassination at a Royal garden party.

A typically inventive (but at the same highly improbable) Armchair Thriller installment – the very first infact, young Della Low is excellent as Rachel who manages to outsmart everybody, including the police and the villains. There are small roles here too for the likes of Gwyneth Powell who would soon go on to her best known role of headmistress in Grange Hill as well as the likes of Struan Rodger and the always dependable Stephen Greif.

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UK / ITV – / 4×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 February – 2 March 1978

Writer: John Bowen / Incidental Music: Ron Grainer / Production Design: Martyn Herbert / Producer: Andrew Brown / Director: Waris Hussein

Series: Armchair Thriller Serial 1

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DELLA LOW as Rachel
STEPHEN GREIF as Juan
NEVILLE JASON as Peter
GWYNETH POWELL as Woman Police Constable
GEORGE WARING as Police Sergeant
PATRICIA MASON as Scots Lady
CHRISTIAN BURGESS as Young Police Constable
EIKO NAKAMURA as Aiyako
STRUAN RODGER as Hassel
DAVID COOK as Wormald
ANNA FOX as Monica
MARSHA FITZALAN as Podge
AHMED OSMAN as Arab
T-BONE WILSON as Bus Conductor
DAFYDD HYWELL as Graves
GEOFFREY GREENHILL as P.C.
ROGER BOOTH as C.I.D. Supt
JOHN JOYCE as C.I.D. Sgt
HARRY LITTLEWOOD as Caretaker
JOAN HENLEY as Lady at Garden Party

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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.

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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