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The Charmer: Gorse, The Tempter (ITV 18 Oct 1987)

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In Gorse, The Tempter, after agreeing to house sit for friend Ronnie Shooter, Ralph Gorse meets solicitor Donald Stimpson for the first time. Stimpson makes the mistake of introducing him to middle-aged Joan Plumleigh-Bruce (with whom Stimpson has ‘expectations’).

Plumleigh-Bruce is immediately smitten, Ralph meanwhile spots the chance to talk Joan into investing in a business opportunity. Gorse also falls for posh Clarice Manners whom he meets at a ‘den of iniquity’ with Stimpson.

Before the first ad break we have learnt that Ralph (or Rafe as Joan insists on calling him) is something of a cad and by the end of the episode he has stolen his friend Ronnie Shooters car, sold it for 60 pounds and then just as quickly bought it back using Donald Stimpson’s money (making rather a fat profit in the process).

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UK | ITV – London Weekend Television | 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 18 October 1987

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guest cast
DAVID McKAIL as Ronnie Shooter
NAOMI BUCH as Odette
GRACE KINIRONS as Mary
MATTHEW DEVITT as Albert
MIKE SAVAGE as Car Dealer
JENNY DONNISON as Maid
PADDY JOYCE as Stable Lad
LARRY MARTYN as Taxi Driver

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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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