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Hadleigh: Exposure (ITV 15 Jan 1971, with Michael Goodliffe)



In Exposure Hadleigh is about to pull off a business deal that will net him £10,000 without him actually having to do anything to get it other than shuffle a few papers around. The experience is beginning to pall somewhat and he is feeling somewhat sorry for himself. To help shake him up a bit Hadleigh plans an afternoon of hiking with his friend Dr John Salter. However before they can even get started they come across a group of potholers who are in the middle of an unfolding accident. Two of their number have become trapped with one of them having a suspected broken back amongst other injuries. Both Hadleigh and Salter have pot-holing experience and help with the rescue.

The main bulk of the episode is then given over to the rescue of the two trapped pot-holers. One of whom, Andrew Matlock, is played by a young Kenneth Cranham. Andrew is delirious and Dr Salter thinks he is heading into a coma and may not have long to live. In his delirium Andrew begins to mentally embark on an ascent of the toughest mountain in the district. Salter is convinced that if fails to make it he will die.

It’s a very clever conceit actually, despite much of the action being confined to the small cave you really feel the climb undertaken by Andrew in his head. Full of action without movement in fact and the tension really mounts as Andrew struggles with the climb as he struggles with consciousness and to even stay alive.

It’s also quite a clever conceit with the episode actually as you think it’s going to be a business episode before it quickly becomes something else entirely.

Hadleigh Exposure

A young Kenneth Cranham as injured potholed Andrew Matlock.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 15 January 1971 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ian Kennedy Martin / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: Brian Parker

Series: Hadleigh Season 2 Episode 2

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Michael Goodliffe as Dr John Salter
Kenneth Cranham as Andrew Matlock
Kenneth Watson as Bamber
John Serret as Anatole Laubenque
Phil Woods as Bell
Christopher Martin as Simpson
Michael Graves as Evans
Bryan Mosley as Landlord
Peter Sproule as Harris



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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