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Hadleigh: First Impression (ITV 22 Jun 1973, with Nigel Hawthorne)



In First Impression Hadleigh is in London looking to hire a new manservant. Maxwell’s wife has fallen badly ill and Maxwell has retired to look after her. James is interviewing a number of men to replace him, using the house of old civil service colleague Oliver Mason as a base. He is somewhat perturbed by the arrival of Jennifer Caldwell. Another friend of Oliver’s who has turned up to make his apartment ready for his arrival.

She is an art restorer and is very forthright with her opinions. Hadleigh is very interested in Jennifer, he somewhat disingenuously describes himself as a farmer to her. She is pretending to be all independent and has just leased a flat of her own but actually has fairly wealthy parents.

Jennifer, for her own part, is very taken with Hadleigh too. In fact the sparks are positively flying between them and by midway through the episode it’s clear this is going to be the start of something major. In fact Hadleigh professes his love for her proposes marriage before the episode is out. There is an excellent conversation where Jennifer questions James on why now and why her. She too admits she is in love with Hadleigh but having just got her life settled how she wants it doesn’t want to make a decision immediately.

After a gap of two years Hadleigh returned to ITV with a brand new theme tune and title sequence. In fact this is the theme music that most people will remember, it’s written by Tony Hatch. Maxwell has gone and in his place is Sutton who, in this first episode at least, seems to have something of a sinister air. Aunt Helen is still around but the lounge room of Melford Hall has had something of a make over.

The gorgeous Hilary Dwyer is Jennifer and it’s clear as taken with Hadleigh as she is her own women and has something of a temper on her when riled.

Donald Sumpter had previously appeared in Hadleigh prequel Gazette, in the episode Between The Lines, playing a well-to-do chap called Paddy Fawcett who knew Hadleigh quite well. Here he plays a friend of Jennifer’s called Tony.

Hadleigh First Impression

Despite very strong feelings on both sides Hadleigh definitely takes Jennifer by surprise when he proposes.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 22 June 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Jeremy Paul / Production Design: Eric Shedden / Director: Mike Newell

Series: Hadleigh Season 3 Episode 1

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Hilary Dwyer as Jennifer Caldwell
Nigel Hawthorne as Oliver Mason
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Aunt Helen
Donald Sumpter as Tony
Georgina Melville as Lois
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Robert Hartles as Godwin
John Dunbar as Chettle
Frederick Hall as Churchill
Joseph Greig as Mr Poiner
Bart Allison as Jenkins
Colin Edwynn as Furniture Delivery Man
Tom Gowling as Waiter
Gwen Harris as Mrs Lillee



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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