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Fallen Hero: Episode One (ITV 14 Nov 1978)

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In the opening episode of Fallen Hero semi-professional Rugby player Gareth Hopkins gets a bad knock during a game, it looks like his career might be over but there is a transfer to a Yorkshire club in the offing, he has a difficult choice to make. Does he try to con the new team in hopes of getting a payout from his old club or does he just call it quits. A weekend spent with his potential new boss could make things easier but a phone call from The Daily Express means he is on his own once again.

Writer Finch sets out the scene very nicely in this opener, Hopkins is revealed to already quite bitter and twisted. His marriage is down the pan. He has a terrible relationship with his teenage stepson Martin and his career is on the skids. All the same though Finch and actor Del Henney manage to make him a very likable character and your sympathies quickly lie with him.

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UK | ITV Network – Thames

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 14 November 1978

WRITER: Brian Finch | DIRECTOR: Alan Bell

Series: Fallen Hero Season One Episode One

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DEL HENNEY as Gareth Hopkins
BARRY STANTON as Joe Harris
WANDA VENTHAM as Dorothy Hopkins
JOHN WHEATLEY as Martin Hopkins
FRANK CROMPTON as Wilf Calder
BILL WADDINGTON as Charlie Longworth
BRENDA PETERS as Muriel Longworth
FIONA MOLLISON as Jennie Longworth
TERRY ILAND as Peter Marsden

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

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