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Hadleigh: The Charm Factor (ITV 9 Apr 1976, with Myra Frances)

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In The Charm Factor Gregory Baker has cooked up a plot to extract some kind of financial revenge on Hadleigh following his being named in the divorce with Jennifer and having a portion of the costs awarded against him. He has arranged for a supposed physicist, Harry Destill, to spend some time at Melford with a perfect business deal opportunity for James.

Arriving at the same time is Baker’s sister Stella Clisby, who knows Destill but pretends not to. Stella is ostensibly here to pick up some of Jennifer’s belongings but is also involved in the plot.

Hadleigh though is very much running a plot of his own. He knows just what is going on and is playing both Destill and Clisby. Even going so far as to include Helen and old ministry colleague Strapper Strapton.

There was a short article about Myra Frances in the TV Times for the week (3 Apr 76) about how she enjoyed playing the bitch. She remarked “I wouldn’t want to be cast as a sweet, soft little secretary creature. The better parts are not usually nice people.”

Another very strong episode, Baker wants revenge but Hadleigh wants revenge too. Not only does he leave Baker penniless but he also sleeps with Baker’s sister too.

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Peter Sallis is Strapper Strapton who knows what Hadleigh is up to.

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“You’re speaking some secret language to yourself. Is that because you are making a fool of me or because you are frightened of me.”

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 9 April 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: Raymond Bowers / Production Design: Chris George / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 6

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Myra Frances as Stella Clisby
Colin Farrell as Harry Destill
Anthony Corlan as Gregory Baker
Peter Sallis as Strapper Strapton
Gabor Vernon as Nisark

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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.

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

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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