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The Brothers: Partings (BBC-1 29 Sep 1974)

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In Partings (the first episode of this fourth season not written by N.J. Crisp incidentally) the fallout continues between Ann and Brian over her relationship with Nicholas Fox. Brian is underperforming at work because of the strain he is under and it couldn’t happen at a more difficult time, the board have an important business meeting planned with banker Paul Merroney who is hopefully going to facilitate the company in its bid to go public. Ultimately Brian makes the decision to leave Ann.

Meanwhile David is initially unhappy about the flat Jill has bought but in the end realises he is just cutting off his nose to spite his face, Jill also makes a big decision and decides to give up modelling. The pair decide to spend the day at home together but Ted is far from happy about David “skiving” a day off work.

Colin Baker, who will go on to become one of the leading players in the series, makes his debut in this episode as Paul Merroney, it is clear even from his short appearance here that Merroney is a very precise and concise individual. The meat of the episode belongs to Ann and Brian naturally and there are good performances from both of them. Ted is proving interesting this series too – in a bid to prove he is still the managing director of Hammonds he is splashing his money about right, left and centre from a new car (with a telephone installed!) to hand made soon and buying three pairs of shoes at once!

classic quote
“All packed and ready to leave the wicked woman, how sweet!”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 29 September 1974

Writer: John Pennington / Production Design: Gavin Davies / Director: Roderick Graham

Series: The Brothers Season Four Episode Five

guest cast
MURRAY HAYNE as Martin Farrell
MARGARET ASHCROFT as Gwen Riley
COLIN BAKER as Merroney
KEITH CAMPBELL as Head Waiter

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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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