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Earth’s Wildest Waters: The Big Fish (BBC-2 25 Oct 2015 with Ben Fogle)

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AIRDATE: Sunday 25 October at 8.00pm on BBC Two

Episode 3 of 6

Presenter Ben Fogle and the six remaining anglers travel to their most remote destination yet – Laos, the only landlocked country in South East Asia.

The people in Laos fish for survival, not for sport. The anglers will be on a journey of discovery, fishing in the white water around the Khone Falls, the widest rapids in the world, fed by the mighty Mekong River. They will have to cope with extraordinary weather and tough terrain to secure their place in the competition.

Judge Matt Hayes will be joined by Mr. Mai, the headman of his village on Baan Hangkon Island. First, the anglers must battle the blistering heat and the ferocious currents of the falls using traditional bamboo pole and line. They will have to bring all of their experience from home and apply it to this immense river. On their second day in Laos the anglers move 10km downstream to the calm section of the Mekong that forms the border with Cambodia. They will have to master the skill – and balance – of traditional cast netting from small wooden boats.

Finally, the anglers face their hardest fishing task yet: exploring the raging water in the heart of the falls to discover what species of fish live there. For this they will finally be able to use their own Western sport fishing equipment, to see if they can discover anything that the local traditional methods cannot.

The heat, the terrain and the simple equipment make this the toughest leg of the expedition yet.

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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