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Hadleigh: Film Story (ITV 16 Apr 1976, with Stephanie Beacham)

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Events reach almost farcical proportions in Film Story when an old film director friend of Hadleigh’s, John Stevens, persuades him to let him spend three weeks shooting part of his new film, The Man Eater, at Melford Park. Chaos quickly descends, James has to retreat to the Attic, Sutton is on the verge of walking and only Lady Helen seems to be having a good time.

Meanwhile glamorous leading lady Susan Debrat quickly has her eyes on James, much to the disgust of Joanna who lets the green eyed monster take charge.

Susan feigns a sprained ankle so that she can stay at Melford rather than the hotel where the rest of the crew are staying. She quickly reveals that her father is a very wealthy South African tobacco grower. He is about to make inroads into the UK and needs a well connected front man.

The scheme could mean a lot of money for James but the South African issue and the discovery that Susan’s father has a less than good reputation where his employees are concerned gives James pause for thought. James also discovers that Susan’s father’s business partner Perlberger is one of the main financiers of the movie and insited that Melford was used as a locaiton. Once James discovers he is being played by Susan he goes into attack mode, in that quietly cool way he has of course.

The spiky dynamic between Joanna and James continues to be a major plus point this season. Joanna is always keen to speak her mind and tell Hadleigh exactly how it is.

Hadleigh Film Story Stephanie Beacham

The gorgeous Stephanie Beacham as leading lady Susan almost turns Hadleigh’s head until he realises she has an ulterior motive for showing an interest in him.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 16 April 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: Owen Holder / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 7

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Jenny Twigge as Joanna
Stephanie Beacham as Susan Debray
Michael Johnson as John Stevens
James Bree as Robert Marshall
Richard Beale as Perlberger
Mike Perry as Assistant director

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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.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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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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