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The Brothers: Try, Try Again (BBC 4 Apr 1976 with Carmen Sautoy)

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In Try, Try Again Ted is back and feels re-invigorated and aided by an idea of Brian’s decides to move forward (and going behind Merroney’s back in the process) with a meeting with Van Der Merwe and a possible merger, meanwhile Gwen is desperate to buy the new house despite Bill being dead set against it now that the take over is no longer an option. Surprisingly Mary Hammond offers to loan the Riley’s the money with no strings attached but Bill is convinced there very definitely will be hidden motives to the offer.

For the first time in quite a few episodes of The Brothers there is the arrival of some new characters in the shape of Dutch haulager Van Der Merwe (pronounced Mer-Ver) and his daughter Ika who takes quite a flirtatious shine to Paul Merroney. Having been kept on the sidelines with Ted and Brian’s approach to the Dutchman, Merroney quickly realises there is much to be said for the offer and decides to pursue it in his own sneaky way.

Interesting to note that Ted Rhodes is a production assistant on this series, Rhodes would go on to produce many of the BBC’s drama series throughout the 1980’s.

classic quote
Ted on Merroney: “I built up the team only to find he owns the Stadium.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 4 April 1976

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Ian Ashurst / Director: Christopher Baker

Series: The Brothers / Season Six Episode Eleven

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
CAROLE MOWLAM as Clare Miller

guest cast
CARLETON HOBBS as Sir Neville Henniswode
JOBY BLANSHARD as Van Der Merwe
CARMEN SAUTOY as Ika
VERNON NESBETH as Ogun

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)

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Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

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James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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