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Fraud Squad: Inquest (ITV 24 Oct 1970, with Brewster Mason)

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In Inquest Proud is somewhat disturbed when Laughton, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary turns up and wants a full breakdown of the Squad’s investigation of “The Faraday Case.” Somebody has made a complaint about the handling of the case, the situation compounded by the fact that Faraday has committed suicide whilst in custody.

It’s an episode that doesn’t really venture far from the confines of the Fraud Sqaud office. The whole story of how Gamble and Hicks dealt with Faraday (the kind of plot that would normally make up a typical episode of the show) is outlined in their briefing to Laughton. Given that this was 1970 it seems curiously old fashioned. However given that it is midway through the season it may well have been a budgetary thing. The performances manage to keep our interest but it does feel a little claustrophobic by the time we are into act three.

Gamble’s daughter, who appears in the opening scene and in a photograph seen on Gamble’s desk is played by Patrick O’Connell’s real life daughter Katherine.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 24 October 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Michael Eve / Director: Paul Annett

Series: Fraud Squad Season 2 Episode 6

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Patrick O’Connell as Detective Inspector Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Vicky Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Supt Proud
Brewster Mason as Laughton
Elizabeth Weaver as Helen Gamble
Katherine O’Connell as Lucy

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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