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Fraud Squad: The Martin Kessel File (ITV 19 Sep 1970, with Rupert Davies)

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In season two opener The Martin Kessel File Gamble has been after a forger for years, when he gets his hands on some fake American bonds it leads him to a printer called Martin Kessel. When Gamble tries to get a search warrant Proud tells him that the Kessel file is closed. For some reason some one is trying to protect Kessel and Gamble is determined to find out why.

To further complicate matters Gamble’s ex-wife Helen is a regular customer of Kessel’s, they are both involved with a left-wing group and Kessel prints all the pamphlets and flyers for the group.

A new opening title sequence for the second season but same groovy theme tune. Detective Constable Roberts is a new arrival in this episode, he has clearly been involved with the Squad for a little while as he knows what Gamble’s ex-wife Helen looks like.

The action quotient is ramped up quite a bit in this first episode, there is even a car chase as well as a bout of fisticuffs.

Fraud Squad The Martin Kessel File

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“You lost him because you got caught for speeding in the Inspector’s car…”

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 19 September 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Basil Dawson / Production Design: Anthony Waller / Director: Paul Annett

Series: Fraud Squad Season 2 Episode 1

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Patrick O’Connell as Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Vicky Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Proud
Timothy Carlton as Peter Hughes
Rupert Davies as Martin Kessell
Kenneth Camroux as Alvin Lee
Anton Darby as Detective Constable Roberts
Elizabeth Weaver as Helen Gamble
Bert Simms as Caxton
Noel Johnson as Gilbey
Tom Macauley as Colonel Gudgeon

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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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