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Gazette: The Old Folks at Home (ITV 20 Sep 1968, with Wendy Gifford)

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In The Old Folks at Home, a lunch at Hadleigh’s club with Colonel Chamberlayne puts Walter’s on the trail of an intriguing story at a prestigious private girls school in Westdale. There is growing unrest from the parents to get rid of headmistress Georgina Barrett because of her progressive attitudes. She regularly sends her pupils out to help the elderly in the poorer sections of town.

There are problems when one of the girls claims to have been assaulted by the old man she was sent to help. Its clear there is more to the story than there seems and because Julia is an old friend of Hadleigh’s he wants Walters to personally investigate.

Of course it turns out that both the girl, Audrey, and the old man, Jacko Pendlebury (played by the always good value Joe Gladwin) have their own reasons for sticking to their stories. Audrey wanted nothing to do with the welfare work of Miss Barrett and got a lot of milage out of Jacko’s “goosing” of her. What Jacko did was highly inappropriate of course but he had convinced himself that Audrey was really from the dreaded Welfare (who he thought wanted to put him in a home) and he needed to do something to scare her away.

Sue isn’t in this episode.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 20 September 1968 at 9.00pm

Writer: James Doran / Production Design: Malcolm Goulding / Director: Tony Wickert

Series: Gazette Episode 8 of 13

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Gerald Harper as Hadleigh
Jon Laurimore as Walters
Michael Blackham as Bill Spence
Ralph Michael as Colonel Chamberlayne
Wendy Gifford as Georgina Barrett
Diane Mercer as Julia
Winifred Dennis as Mrs Wright
Elizabeth Begley as Mrs Parsons
Joe Gladwin as Jacko Pendlebury
Ann Holloway as Audrey
Hilary Mason as Mrs Miller

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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

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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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