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The Brothers: Flight Of Fancy (BBC-1 11 May 1975)

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In Flight of Fancy Merroney has his eyes on an ailing air freight company and thinks they would slot nicely into the Hammond portfolio. He, David and Bill go on a fact finding mission to discover their real worth. The omens look good but one of the directors, Jane Maxwell, is not going to make things easy for Hammonds.

The fabulous Kate O’Mara as Jane Maxwell makes her presence felt right from her first scene, kicking the door of the office open and sending Merroney, Riley and David on their way with a flea in their ear. However when she learns what Hammonds have in mind she realises that getting into bed with them might be the only way the business can survive. Her only stipulation – a seat on the Hammond board.

So the series opens out even further with the arrival of Maxwell and Stacey both of whom will have a big impact on the direction of the series. it’s revealed early on that Don and Jane used to married and between them hold the licence to fly – without which the business is useless. The new boardroom with its octagonal table makes it first appearance as do the new offices. “Look whenever I see a clean desk I know there is no work being done!”. There are some nice contrasts here with Hammonds itself, Flair Freight started out very much as Hammond’s did but never quite made the highest grade.

The Brothers Flight of Fancy

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UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 11 May 1975

Writer: Eric Paice / Production Design: Charles Bond / Director: Vere Lorrimer

Series: The Brothers Season Five Episode Six

guest cast
CAROLE MOWLAM as Clare Miller
KATE O’MARA as Jane Maxwell (debut)
MIKE PRATT as Don Stacey (debut)
MICHAEL ELWYN as Dr Ivan
RAYMOND MASON as Mr Barrett
JOSEPH WISE as Customs Officer

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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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