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Bognor: Just Desserts (ITV, 9-23 Feb 1982, John Le Mesurier)

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In Just Desserts what starts out as a simple investigation into how the Department of Trade can possibly help high end restaurants leads to a case of murder involving prominent chef Escoffier Savarin Smith. As Bognor digs deeper he discovers that “Scoff” as he was known may have been involved in international espionage. Things get even murkier when Bognor is warned off the case and a second murder, that of possible Russian spy Petrov, occurs.

Guest star, the fabulous John Le Mesurier, enlivens proceedings enormously every time he appears and it is actually his refined wine nose that gets to the bottom of the real mystery. Andrew Burt however, who we normally have a great deal of time for, over-acts terribly – but is it all an act? There is also a prominent role for Widows and Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante back when she was mostly working as an actress under the name Lynda Marchal.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 – 23 February 1982

Writer: T.R. Bowen / Novel: Tim Heald / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Bognor Season 2 Story 1

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David Horovitch as Simon Bognor
Joanna McCallum as Monica
Ewan Roberts as Parkinson
John Le Mesurier as Blight-Purley
Andrew Burt as Pring
Giselle Wolf as Gabrielle
Tim Meats as Lingard
Lynda Marchal (aka Lynda La Plante) as Lady Aubergine
Jerry Harte as Ebertson
Edward De Souza as Pendennis
Tony Powell as Packard
Boris Isarov as Petrov
Ursula Mohan as Mrs Khan
Garry Cooper as Bazeley
Tony Powell as Packard

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

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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

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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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