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The Brothers: Tug Of War (BBC-1 24 Feb 1974 with Malcolm Stoddard)

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In Tug of War Jill’s trip to Liverpool has been cancelled and when David doesn’t come home until 3 O’Clock in the morning she very quickly realises that he has been at Julie’s. The marriage is headed for a distinctly rocky stage, compounded by the fact that the board are extremely anxious to get their hands on the depot in Dover but David is determined that they won’t make any further expansions until they have paid Jill her guarantee of a hundred thousand pounds back.

Edward and Jennifer’s relationship is growing stronger too and Edward makes it plain to his mother that he would like her to be more friendly towards Jennifer. Brian gets an unexpected visit from Pamela Graham with news that his daughter Carol has been in touch from boarding school, making it plain she is not happy there. Meanwhile Johnny lets slip to Barbara that things are not going too well with the planned opening of his men’s boutique shop.

Very much a classic episode with lots of shouting around the board room table including an appearance of the legendary phrase “over my dead body” as David is ridden roughshod over by the rest of the board over Jill’s guarantee. David is being something of an idiot in this episode, allowing himself to be manipulated by the none too likeable Julie at the expense of the gorgeous Jill. Meanwhile there is a great big slice of intrigue introduced in the closing moments with a shady character getting a driver’s job with Hammonds. It’s clear something illegal is going to occur there!

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UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 24 February 1974

Writer: N.J. Crisp / Production Design: Ian Ashurst / Director: Roderick Graham

Series: The Brothers / Season 3 Episode 4

guest cast
GILLIAN McCUTCHEON as Julie
ANNA FOX as Pamela Graham
MALCOLM STODDARD as Johnny Trent
FRANK JARVIS as Jim Barker
JOHN BARCROFT as Lowe

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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.

classic quote
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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