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Fraud Squad: The Biggest Borrower of All (ITV 15 Jul 1969, with Paul Eddington)

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In The Biggest Borrower of All the chief accountant of Park Bank Mutual Building Society has tried to kill himself. Before slipping into a coma the man mentioned something about a possible fraud. Gamble’s suspicions are roused when he discovers that the managing director, Joseph Hordern, has booked a one way flight to Zurich.

Even though it’s after midnight Gamble insists on bringing in Hordern for question and going through the bank’s books. After heavy investigation Hicks and the team discover that a Housing loan scam is going on. Over a £100,000 pounds has been embezzled out of the banks coffers with a whole series of fake loans for people supposed to be buying houses.

The whole episode takes place in the Fraud Squad offices and a surpisingly high level of tension is maintained throughout. Gamble is convinced that Hordern (played by the always reliable Paul Eddington) is responsible and eventually (using a little trickery) manages to trap Hordern into giving himself away.

Fraud Squad The Biggest Borrower of Them All

Paul Eddington as the bank’s managing director Joseph Hordern.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 15 July 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Robert Banks Stewart / Production Design: Trevor Paterson / Director: Robert D. Cardona

Series: Fraud Squad Season 1 Episode 9

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Patrick O’Connell as Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Proud
Geoffrey Kenion as Detective Constable Fox
Richard Hampton as Detective Sergeant Brophy
Paul Eddington as Joseph Hordern
Noel Dyson as Mrs Keever
Frank Singuineau as Cleaner

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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

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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