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Gazette: Announcement (ITV 27 Sep 1968, with Adrienne Corri)

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In Announcement, Walters has a story that the government is due to build a machine tool plant in Westdale that would guarantee a minimum of 700 jobs to the area. Returning from London Hadleigh announces that the story is bigger than that – the Plant is actually going to Wales instead and that all the town will get is a small electronics factory.

Hadleigh tells Walters the deal was brewing for some time and infers that it was the catalyst for him leavng the civil service. Although it may well have been a relationship he was having with the wife of fellow minister and Hadleigh’s boss The Hon. Austin Gregory.

Matters come to a head when Gregory pays a visit to Westdale to announce the electronics factory. Given an advance look at the minister’s planned speech Hadleigh and Walters realise that he is still not going to admit that the plant will not be going ahead. Hadleigh is willing to risk breaking the official secrets act and release the real facts of the story if the minister doesn’t change his speech. Thankfully for Hadleigh, Gregory elects to tell the truth.

There’s a fabulous scene where Hadleigh visits Westdale Palais with Sue and takes to the dance floor, first to a 1920’s Charleston number followed by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s number one Fire. It’s quite an interesting development, Hadleigh has made several comments about Sue so far and it’s clear he is interested in her – even if she is much younger than him. Although at this stage it’s still at the flirty stage.

Cult favourite Adrienne Corri (A Clockwork Orange) plays Gregory’s wife Helga.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 27 September 1968 at 9.00pm

Writer: Elwyn Jones / Production Design: Gordon Livesey / Director: David Andrews

Series: Gazette Episode 9 of 13

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Jon Laurimore as Walters
Gillian Wray as Sue
Michael Blackham as Bill
Adrienne Corri as Helga Gregory
Robert Harris as Rt Hon Austin Gregory
Ralph Michael as Colonel Chamberlayne
Ben Aris as Potter
June Liversidge as Vanessa
Kevin Walker as Copy boy

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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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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

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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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