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The Crezz: Voices From The Past (21 Oct 1976, Ronald Fraser)



In Voices From The Past Miss Hart is very disturbed when her ex-husband, whom she hasn’t seen for 23 years, turns up out of the blue. He is seeking some kind of forgiveness for how their marriage ended she just wants him to go away.

An excellent script from William Trevor makes this mostly two hander between Gillian Raine and Ronald Fraser one of the best episodes of the whole series. Raine’s Miss Hart makes it plain just what she thinks of Maddox, there’s a brilliant scene where she pretty much destroys him and then tells him she will cook him something to eat. Maddox hangs around the Crescent much to the consternation of the rest of the residents but Miss Hart will not admit that she knows him.

There’s also a subplot involving a plan to rename Carlisle Crescent to Thompson Way that has the rest of the residents up in arms. It turns out this is just a fancy of Lady Clarke who has been communing beyond the grave with a Captain Thompson who she says lived in number 22.

classic quote
“I’m the debris in your life.”

The Crezz Voices From The Past

Gillian Raine (in real life Mrs Leonard Rossiter) as Miss Hart.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 21 October 1976 at 10.30pm

Writer: William Trevor / Production Design: David Marshall, Bill Laslett / Director: Brian Farnham

Series: The Crezz Episode 6 (of 12)

Gillian Raine as Miss Hart
Aimee Delamain as Lady Clarke
Ronald Fraser as Gavin Maddox
Maggie Riley as Miss Parris
Joss Ackland as Charles Bronte
Hugh Burden as Dr Balfour-Harvey
Anton Phillips as Clarence Henderson
Elspet Gray as Jackie Bronte
Antony Nicholls as Cyril Antrobus
Janet Key as Brenda Pitman
Eileen O’Brien as Bridget Macarthy
Tariq Yunus as Hafez Aziz
John Rolfe as First airline man
Christopher Denham as Second airline man
Peter Laird as Third airline man
Terry Donnelly as Barmaid



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




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

production details
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

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




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

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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