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The Brothers: End Of The Beginning (BBC-1 10 Mar 1972)

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In the End of The Beginning, the opening episode of this long running series Robert, Patriarch of the Hammond family and owner of the large Hammond Transport haulage company, dies and leaves a bombshell in his will. Eldest son Edward who has expected to inherit the company is more than a little put out to discover that his father has divided the company equally between himself, his two other brothers David and Brian and his personal assistant Jennifer Kingsley with whom he has fathered a daughter.

Classic opening episode, almost the entire thing is given over to the setting up of the structure of the series, introduction of the characters via a funeral is also a classic opening gambit. Right from her first scenes it is made plain that Brian’s wife Ann is never going to be happy with her lot, always wanting more. She immediately wants him to sell his shares and keep his old job so that they can move to a bigger house.

Most people will remember Patrick O’Connell in the role of Edward but in this first series he is played with great aplomb by Glyn Owen.

classic quote
“I’ve put my life into this business, it is my life”

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UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 10 March 1972

Writer: N.J. Crisp / Production Design: Allan Anson / Director: Ronald Wilson

Series: The Brothers Season One Episode One

guest cast
JOHN WELSH as Mr Cassell
GABRIEL WOOLF as Priest
IAN REID as Young Driver
DOMINIC CHRISTIAN as Nigel Hammond
NICOLA MALONEY as Carol Hammond

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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

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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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