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Fraud Squad: Brother Simple (ITV 27 May 1969, with Elvi Hale)



In Brother Simple Vicky goes undercover at a religious fellowship/cult when a Mr Butcher, approaches the Squad after his wife sells everything and joins the fellowship.

Mr Butcher is convinced that the head of the Fellowship, Brother Simple, has deliberately defrauded he and his wife after she sells all their valuables to give to the fellowship.

After an initial investigation Gamble discovers that all if the 30 people that make up the “brethren” came from wealthy backgrounds and gave a lot of money to the Fellowship. Vicky, though, seems to have no doubt about the sincerity of Brother Simple.

Gamble investigates further, having managed to get surreptitious fingerprints from a glass handled by Brother Simple, and discovers that he has a criminal record for fraud. He discovers that most of the money that is donated disappears into a Swiss bank account.

Unfortunately for Gamble there doesn’t seem to be any concrete proof that will allow him to bring Brother Simple in, so he decides on another tactic.

An entertaining episode with a most unlikely religious sect at the heart of the story.

Fraud Squad Brother Simple

classic quote
“Making money is supposed to be difficult, it appears that making poverty is even harder.”

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 27 May 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Joshua Adam / Production Design: Don Fisher / Director: Michael Currer-Biggs

Series: Fraud Squad Season 1 Episode 2

Patrick O’Connell as Gamble
Joanna Van Guseghem as Vicky Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Superintendent Proud
Elvi Hale as Mrs Butcher/Sister Serenity
Michael Coles as Brother Simple
Madeleine Christie as Sister Sanctity
Alex McDonald as Brother Trueheart
Geoffrey Reed as Mr Butcher
Maurice Quick as Waiter
Will Stampe as Mr Roberts
Elspet Gray as Mrs Wyndham Grant
Geoffrey Kenion as Detective Constable Fox
Julian Herington as Buyer in fur shop
Denis de Marne as Buyer at car mart
Frank Tregear as Buyer in jewellers



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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