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Gazette: Why Stay in Westdale (ITV 4 Oct 1968, with Colin Farrell)



In Why Stay in Westdale an article in Westdale about lack of opportunities in the town for the younger members of society cause problems. The article coincides with the arrival of a pair of American businessmen looking to recruit for a new project in the States. The “brain drain” is affecting Cramshaws, the factory that Hadleigh has a part ownership in – they are implementing a new hydraulics system and three of their key men are being interviewed by the Americans.

Gazette Why Stay in Westdale

Sue talks to Hadleigh before an important dinner engagement. Not how she has arranged his pocket handkerchief for him! The pair have a nice dynamic in the series. 

One of the three, Harry Palmer, is keen to take the job he has been offered but also doesn’t want to let Cramshaw’s down. After all they paid for him to go to college and learn the system that the American’s now want.

Meanwhile the article itself is stirring up a veritable hornet’s nest of bad feeling amongst the businessmen of the town – all of whom seem to be holding Hadleigh personally responsible for the article’s content. It’s enough to make Hadleigh think of getting out of the engineering business.

Gazette Why Stay in Westdale Frances White

A young Frances White as Harry Palmer’s wife Janet, she doesn’t know how she feels about the chance to move to America.

Another topical episode, the “brain drain” was in the news a lot in the late sixties and seventies, it’s also an episode that serves to strengthen Haldiegh’s ties to the Gazatte. By the end of it he is talking to Frank about selling his Cramshaw shares and expanding the newspaper.

Bill isn’t in this episode.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 4 October 1968 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Whitewood / Production Design: Malcolm Goulding / Director: Brian Parker

Series: Gazette Episode 10 of 13

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Jon Laurimore as Walters
Gillian Wray as Sue
Christopher Hodge as Maxwell
Frances White as Janet Palmer
Colin Farrell as Harry Palmer
John Gill as Mayor
John Malcolm as Dave Cartwright
Edward Phillips as Gordon Cramshaw
Philip Lennard as Denis Cramshaw
Robert Hartley as Forbes
Richard Pescud as Wilkins
Keith James as Jack Summerdale
Harry Littlewood as Desk Clerk
Frank Crawshaw as Ticket Collector
Hayne Ryan as Field
Roy Stephens as Jonson
Alan Pearce as Dayton
Harry Kelly as Barman
Kevin Walker as Copy boy



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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