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Gideon’s Way: State Visit (ITV 14 Nov 1964, Alfie Bass)

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In State Visit, the very first episode of Gideon’s Way (although not the first episode screened), Commander George Gideon is asked to take control of the security arrangement of an impending visit of the German President, his newly promoted deputy commander is more than a little put out as he feels he should have been given the task. Meanwhile elderly Jewish scientist Max Fischer is extremely distressed by news of the visit many of his family were killed by the German’s in concentration camps during world war II and finds forgiveness hard. He decides to take matters into his own hands and builds a bomb in at attempt to assassinate the president during a procession through Whitehall.

A great opening episode with a strong mix of the personal and action led stuff. Some early glimpses into Gideon’s home life (he has a wife and three children) contrasts with that of his deputy Rae Cox (a typically strong but understated performance from Gerald Harper) who is having major trouble at home thanks to his obsession with “the job”. Quite an unusual angle that actually for the mid sixties during a time when coppers were still seen as untouchable although Gideon is on hand to offer up some handy advice.

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UK / ITV Network – ATV – New World Production – ITC / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 14 November 1964

Writer: Jim O’Connolly (from a theme in Gideon’s March by John Creasey) / Director: John Moxey

Series: Gideon’s Way Season 1 Episode 1

guest cast
ALFIE BASS as Max Fischer
CATHERINE LACEY as Sarah Fischer
GERALD HARPER as Deputy Commander Rae Cox
PATRICIA ENGLISH as Jean Cox
DAVID LODGE as Morris
JULIAN HOLLOWAY as Jim Richards
NORMAN SCACE as Warner
JACK GWILLIAM as Commander Ripple

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)

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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.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

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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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