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Bognor: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (ITV 24 March – 9 April 1981)

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In Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Bognor investigates a series of strange dog deaths that is linked to both a suspected case of rabies and a dog smuggling operation. His initial prime suspect is painter Coriander Cordingley who was on the scene at two of the deaths. He soon discovers that she is actually also working undercover for the CIA aka the Canine Information Agency.

Another fun story with a brilliant guest cast all very much playing to type. Joan Greenwood is a dotty duchess, Nigel Davenport is in charge of the CIA and Bognor once again finds he has no idea what on earth is going on although once again he does make that all important connection in the final episode that enables him to get to the bottom of things. There are trips to Copenhagen and the USA in this one and when we say Copenhagen and the USA we mean of course the Thames TV studios and surrounds.

This was the final story in the first season and like the other stories in it episodes were half hour duration and shown twice weekly.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 March – 9 April 1981

Writer: Carey Harrison / Production Design: Rod Stratfold / Director: Neville Green

Series: Bognor Season 1 Story 3

cast
David Horovitch as Bognor
Joanna McCallum as Monica
Ewan Roberts as Parkinson
Tim Meats as Lingard
Kate Fahy as Coriander Cordingley
Andrew Ray as Cecil Handyside
Joan Greenwood as Duchess of Dorset
Frances Low as Rose
Elizabeth Spriggs as Ailsa Potts
Alfred Molina as Waiter
Charmian May as Dog Woman
Victor Winding as Albert Ramble
Clare Kelly as Mrs Protheroe
Shane Rimmer as Horace Higgins
Robin Bailey as Percy Pocklington
Nigel Davenport as Edgar Eagerly
Simon Prebble as Newscaster

Individual Episodes were titled
1. Dog’s Dinner
2. A Handful Of Ashes
3. Meet The Mole
4. I Am Yellow – Memoirs Of A Danish Dog-Lover
5. Dummy Run
6. Feeding Time

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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.

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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