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Casanova 73: Episode 1 (BBC-1 13 Sep 1973, with Neil Wilson)

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In the opening episode of the sitcom Casanova 73, Henry has a major problem on his hands – an air hostess called Valerie that he had a fling with cancels an assignation because she has to go to Australia for three weeks. She does though promise to write to him every day. Much to his distress.

He hits upon a plan, persuading the postman to not deliver the letters. Matters become further complicated when the regular postman, that he made the arrangement with, is injured in an accident and a stand in (who knows nothing about the arrangement of course) has to take his place. Henry ends up taking two weeks away from work to make sure he gets to the post before his wife.

The farcical elements of the series are very much on display here. It’s mostly a two hander between Henry and his wife Carol (played by Jan Holden). There is a quite a bit of talking aloud by Phillips when he is by himself and the studio audience are in absolute hysterics when he thinks he has found a grey hair and then takes a surreptitious peak “below stairs” to check if he has any there.

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UK / BBC One / 1×30 minute episode / Broadcast 13 September 1973

Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Production Design: Tim Gleeson / Director: Harold Snoad

Series: Casanova 73 Episode 1 (of 7)

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Leslie Phillips as Henry Newhouse
Jan Holden as Carol Newhouse
Neil Wilson as Postman
Stuart Sherwin as Another Postman
Pik-Sen Lim as Henry’s Oriental Friend

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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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