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The Brothers: Riley (BBC-1 10 March 1974)

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In Riley It’s revealed that 25 years previously in 1947 Bill Riley was arrested for stealing a consignment of cigarettes with two other men, Riley was only 21 at the time and had only recently been demobbed from the army, he claims it was just high spirits but the police are determined to prove he is a thief (following the hijack of the previous episode). Meanwhile Jill and David are at complete crisis point and Jill is threatening to walk out on their marriage. A heart to heart with Mary Hammond leaves her even more unsure and Mary makes it plain that she intends to give Julie a piece of her mind.

Barbara has realised that Johnny has no idea about how to run a business and forces him to shut the boutique before they go any further into debt.

Bill Riley (played by Derek Benfield) gets a real chance to shine in this stand out episode, very quickly certain members of the board are keen to believe that he might just have been responsible for the robbery but Edward backs him all the way even going so far as to offer bail surety if its needed. Things are maybe wrapped up a little too quickly but the show as a whole is at the top of its game here. Writer Paice, who wrote the majority of season three episodes, has a very definite handle on how he wants the storyline to move forward.

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UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 10 March 1974

Writer: Eric Paice / Production Design: Charles Bond / Director: Roderick Graham

The Brothers Season Three Episode Six

guest cast
JONATHAN NEWTH as Nicholas Fox
HUGH SULLIVAN as D.I. Parsons
BRIAN GRELLIS as D.S. Pritchard
FRANK JARVIS as Jim Barker
MALCOLM STODDARD as Johnny Trent

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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

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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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