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Gazette: Turn A Blind Eye (ITV 9 Aug 1968, with Alan Barry)

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In Turn A Blind Eye Hadleigh and Walters are at loggerheads over corrupt local councillor Adams who has “turned a blind eye” to a compulsory purchase order. Hadleigh wants to run the story but Walters know it would open them up to a libel action if they do. Susan’s friendship with a detective leads to the uncovering of some major new evidence that could bring Adams down.

Hadleigh also discovers from his Uncle, Colonel Chamberlayne, that the local vicar, the Reverend Wilcox, was charged with drink driving but appeared in court under an assumed name. Hadleigh thinks the police must have known who they were dealing with and wants the whole thing brought out into the open. Even if it means Colonel Chamberlayne (who is also a judge and presided over the case) gets caught in the crossfire.

Susan however knows that Wilcox is essentially a good man and is determined to kill the story.

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Hadleigh makes an interesting statement to the paper’s lawyer that he is not interested in the money that the paper makes but wants the Gazette to make a difference. When it looks like Walter’s may not run the Wilcox story he basically tries to blackmail him by saying he will sell the paper if he doesn’t. Luckily Susan saves the day with the dirt she has uncovered on Adams, which is the bigger story anyway.

It’s an interesting second episode, Hadleigh is making his presence felt and makes it plain to Walters he wants the paper to mean something. There is also an incredibly high level of sexism directed towards Susan from pretty much every male member of the cast.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 9 August 1968 at 9.00pm

Writer: James Doran / Production Design: Malcolm Goulding / Director: David Andrews

Series: Gazette Episode 2 (of 12)

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Jon Laurimore as Frank Walters
Gillian Wray as Susan Jackson
Alan Barry as Reverend Wilcox
Norman Claridge as Appleton
Robin Hawdon as Joe Chalmers
Robin Wentworth as Councillor Adams
Ralph Michael as Colonel Chamberlayne
Vivienne Burgess as Mrs Chamberlayne
Norman Mitchell as Sergeant Williams
Christopher Hodge as Maxwell
Margery Withers as Mrs Dickinson
Kevin Walker as Copy Boy
Alan Caister as Barman

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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

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

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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