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Follyfoot: Out of the Blue Horse (ITV 13 Aug 1972, with Shelagh Fraser)



In Out of the Blue Horse Dora is extremely upset when she discovers a horse that has been neglected for months. It belongs to the Berwicks who, since their daughter left home, are struggling to cope. Dora is determined to get the horse to Follyfoot.

Young Callie is a surprise visitor to Follyfoot and there is a cute moment when she tells Dora that she didn’t mind moving away because she knew that Steve was in love with her and she didn’t want to stand in Dora’s way. We had forgotten all about Callie so it was a nice surprise to see her back.

Callie is actually the reason Dora discovers the horse, she is due to be sent to boarding school and with Follyfoot bursting at the seems, needs somewhere to stable her horse Magic.

Follyfoot Out of the Blue Horse

It’s a good mixture of sadness and humour throughout the episode with Dora trying to let Cally know that she doesn’t need to muck up her exam because the Colonel is going to make some extra horse stalls and then the tense scenes of Dora and Steve trying to get through to Mr Berwick.

When Berwick refuses to give up the horse Steve gets very angry and has to stop himself from hitting Berwick. He later reveals to Dora why he went to prison – he lost his temper and beat up a man who was whipping a horse. When Steve realises just why Berwick is acting like he is he tries to get Dora to put people first for a change.

Shelagh Fraser who plays Mrs Berwick had one of the main roles in popular ITV drama A Family At War at the time.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 13 August 1972 at 5.35pm

Writer: Francis Stevens / Director: Peter Hammond

Series: Follyfoot Season 1 Episode 11

Gillian Blake as Dora
Steve Hodson as Steve
Arthur English as Slugger
Christian Rodska as Ron Stryker
Demond Llewellyn as The Colonel
Gillian Bailey as Callie
Shelagh Fraser as Mrs Berwick
John Stratton as Arnold Berwick
Bery Cooke as Headmistress



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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