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Crown Court Theft By Necessity (ITV Granada 18 Apr 1973 with Roland Culver)

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 April 1973

Series: Crown Court / Season 1 Story 28

Writer: David Blunt / Production Design: Knowles Bentley / Producer: Michael Dunlop / Director: Gordon Flemyng

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An elderly colonel is accused of shoplifting, representing himself in court (he was a practicising lawyer in China and India for many years) he makes a very strong case for himself. His weekly benefit payment was stolen and he hadn’t eaten for five days leading him to commit theft by necessity.

This was, unusually for Crown Court, just a single episode case, its a good one though with a very strong central performance from elderly film actor Roland Culver.

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WILLIAM MERVYN as The Hon Mr Justice Campbell
TERRENCE HARDIMAN as Stephen Harvesty
ROLAND CULVER as Colonel Alfred Horatio Burton
JOHN RAINER as P.C. Donaldson
EDITH CARTER as Irene Makepiece
ISHAQ BUX as Mr Patel
DEREK HOCKRIDGE as Clerk of Court
JOSEPH BERRY as Usher
RALPH LAWTON as Jury Foreman
VOICE OF PETER WHEELER as Court Reporter

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

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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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