In Echoes the ultra smooth (but not in a good way like Hadleigh’s smoothness) Gregory Baker pays a visit to Melford. He’s the young financial whizkid who has so far come up with business deals for Hadleigh that haven’t really worked out. This time he tells James that an Arab-English consortium would love to buy Melford from him, even allowing him to stay on at Melford itself for the rest of his life. At this stage James is still in dire straits financially so can’t afford to dismiss the offer out of hand as much as he would like to.
Later Baker meets up with Stella Clisby and it’s clear the pair are cooking up a plan that involves James beginning divorce proceedings against Jennifer, who is still living in New York. Baker and Jennifer are long time friends (we also learn that they were once more than friends too) and Baker now has designs on winning on her back. When Stella calls on Hadleigh she tells him Jennifer is in love with somebody else.
Meanwhile Joanna has begun a relationship with Johnny Sefton, one of the jockeys at the stables attached to the park. This season so far there has been much more made of Hadleigh’s racing and breeding stables. It turns out that Johnny knows Stella Clisby and also reveals that Stella is actually Baker’s sister. Charlie Caldwell also tells James that when he was in New York Jenny revealed she might be in love with someone else. Charlie and James both know that Baker is only out for what he can get for himself.
A surprisingly tense episode that once again revolves around Jennifer without her actually being in it. Myra Frances who plays Stella Clisby seems to specialise in these tough women roles in the seventies.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 26 March 1976 at 9.00pm
Writer: Raymond Bowers / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: James Goddard
Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 4
Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Jenny Twigge as Joanna Roberts
Anthony Corlan as Gregory Baker
Myra Frances as Stella Clisby
Malcolm McFee as Johnny Sefton
Gerald James as Charlie Caldwell
Joseph Greig as Tedbut
Geoffrey Hooper as Waiter