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Fraud Squad: Turbot on Ice (ITV 20 May 1969, with Derek Fowlds)



In Turbot on Ice the police catch local petty villain Frank Turbot just after he has pulled off a house break-in. The bag he is carrying contains four thousand pounds, the bag also has an address on it (and we know that it’s where he stole it from). The middle aged lady claims to have no knowledge of the money.

Gamble and Hicks get involved when they learn that the woman, Jessie Stewart, is the chief wages clerk at prominent local business G.T. Hollisters and sons. Gamble would like to take a look at company’s accounts for the last two years. Young Derek Hollister, who has taken over the running of the company from his ageing father, won’t let him so Gamble goes over his head to Hollister’s father (who is still managing director).

Young Hollister is none too impressed and tells Jessie, who is adamant that her account books are perfect, that she should sue for defamation of character. In fact when the accounts are found to be perfect he is determined to make Gamble pay the price.

A first rate opener. A strong script from the ever dependable Robert Holmes and a solid introduction to the two leads. Gamble is shown to be forceful where he needs to be and playful in his working relationship with Hicks, who is clearly quite new to the Fraud Sqaud at this stage.

Guest stars include Andrew Sachs complete with Midlands accent that is as dodgy as his famed Spanish one and Derek Fowlds is the young Hollister who is happy to stand by Jessie and there are also small roles.

The title comes from a phrase uttered by Gamble to Hicks about the fact that Turbot hasn’t been charged yet.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 20 May 1969

Writer: Robert Holmes / Director: Michael Currer-Biggs

Series: Fraud Squad Season 1 Episode 1

Patrick O’Connell as Detective Inspector Gamble
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks
Ralph Nossek as Superintendent Proud
Andrew Sachs as Frank Turbot
Derek Fowlds as Derek Hollister
Margaret Vines as Jessie Stewart
Peter Maycock as Policeman
Richard Hampton as Sgt Brophy
Candida Fawsitt as Penny
Harold Bennett as Servant
Colin Gordon as Gilbert Hollister
Arthur Hewlett as Fettle
Aubrey Danvers-Walker as Grizewood
John Carlin as Russell Yarwood



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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