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The Brothers: Manoeuvres (BBC1 1976, Judith Fielding)

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In Manoeuvres David and Jane are going behind the back of the rest of the Hammond board in order to ensure that Jane’s idea about the expansion of the air freight side of the business goes ahead. If they pull it off it will both of them having to sell their shares in Hammonds and more than likely have to leave the company altogether. However as soon as Merroney gets wind of the scheme he puts a major spanner in the works with the bank.

David calls a family conference and it is Brian who comes up with a plan to ensure that Paul backs down and re-thinks the idea is given a rethink by the Hammond’s and Van Der Merwe holding group. This would mean that Jane would get her planes and Felixstowe would still be able to go ahead too. When Brian makes it clear that the entire board is behind this Merroney has no choice but to go along with it.

Meanwhile Gwen is finding that the playgroup is giving her a real out let for the first time in a long time and is considering starting her own group leaving Bill more than a little worried about the prospect of lots of little feet trampling through the house.

Lots of shenanigans and furtive dealings at the beginnings of the episode when it looks like David and Jane are planning to form a break away company nicely paced with domestic moments between Gwen and Bill and Ted and Jenny. The latter pair are going through something of a rough patch and seemingly growing apart from each other at the moment, Ted didn’t even tell Jenny that he had dinner with April (the sneaky Paul did that!)

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UK / BBC-1 / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 3 October 1976

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Gavin Davies / Director: Timothy Combe

The Brothers Season Seven Episode Five

main cast
JEAN ANDERSON as Mary Hammond
RICHARD EASTON as Brian Hammond
ROBIN CHADWICK as David Hammond
JENNIFER WILSON as Jennifer Hammond
DEREK BENFIELD as Bill Riley
KATE O’MARA as Jane Maxwell
COLIN BAKER as Paul Merroney
MARGARET ASHCROFT as Gwen Riley
LIZA GODDARD as April Merroney

guest cast
TERENCE FRISBY as Simon Winter
JUDITH FIELDING as Beryl

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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

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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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