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Fraud Squad: The Front Man (ITV 8 Jul 1969, with June Barry)

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In The Front Man the Fraud Squad are very interested when they learn that major swindler Tommy Morrissey is in town. His standard operating procedure is to set up a long con (often of the mail order variety) using a front man to run the actual business side of things who is then left to carry the can when the heat begins.

Morrissey’s latest Front Man is retired army officer Captain John Oakes who has fallen very much on hard times. With Gamble on leave it is up to Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks to warn Oakes about what he is getting involved with and bring down Morrissey into the bargain.

A strong guest cast for this entertaining episode with the always excellent Graham Crowden as the duped Oakes and John Nettleton and June Barry as the con-artists. Barry’s Georgie is getting more than a little tired with the game though.

Meanwhile it’s also a good chance for Vicky to move centre stage as Gamble is away on leave and appears in the episode for less than five minutes.

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Graham Crowden as the duped Captain John Oakes.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 8 July 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: George Lancaster / Production Design: Don Fisher / Director: Paul Annett

Series: Fraud Squad Season 1 Episode 8

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Patrick O’Connell as Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Vicky Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Proud
John Nettleton as Tommy Morrissey
June Barry as Georgie Cook
John Kidd as Meredith
Graham Crowden as Captain John Oakes
Tony Blackburn as Disc Jockey voice
Betty Bowden as Mrs Severn
Geoffrey Kenion as Detective Constable Fox
Royce Mills as Mrs Thomas

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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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