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Fraud Squad: Over a Barrel (ITV 24 Jun 1969, with Marianne Stone)

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Over a Barrel opens with some insight into Gamble’s dysfunctional relationship with his ex-wife Helen. The pair have a 7 year old daughter called Lucy. Gamble thinks she is pseudo intellectual busybody who is not letting their daughter have a normal childhood thanks to her involvement in every worthy cause going.

Gamble’s latest case revolves around something overheard by his daughter when she visits the shop owned by the parents of her friend Nala Choudhry. A man is there and Lucy overhears the word blackmail and thinks her father should investigate. Mr Choudhry is Lana’s uncle and he is an illegal immigrant from Kenya and is terrified of being sent back there.

Fraud Squad Over A Barrel

Elaine Donnelly who had a minor role here was a regular on many a show in late 60’s and 1970’s.

It turns out that Choudhry is paying traffikers money to bring his wife and children over (but they clearly have no intention of doing so), things get out of hand when Gamble makes the case official and the trakkifers kidnap Lucy and Nala.

The episode suffers badly to a modern audience thanks to Marianne Stone and Christopher Benjamin putting on some badly applied fake tan to play Indians Lal Choudhry and Mrs Choudhry. Doubly so as the episode revolves around them.

Fraud Squad Over A Barrel Marianne Stone

Hard for a modern audience to take, the fabulous Marianne Stone here plays Indian Mrs Choudhry.

There is some nice interplay between Gamble and Hicks though, bordering on the flirtatious.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 24 June 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Basil Dawson / Production Design: Trevor Paterson / Director: Paul Annett

Series: Fraud Squad Season 1 Episode 6

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Patrick O’Connell as Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Vicky Hicks
Elizabeth Weaver as Helen Gamble
Katherine O’Connell as Lucy Gamble
Yasmin Singh as Nala Choudhry
Christopher Benjamin as Lal Choudhry
Roy Skelton as Eddie Bone
Marianne Stone as Mrs Choudhry
Elaine Donnelly as Susie
David Neal as Philip Cross
Jaron Yaltan as Mr Karaka
Angela Galbraith as Miss Perry
David Rickard as Sgt Bates
Jan Hunt as Carol

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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

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

cast
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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