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Hadleigh: Hong Kong Story (ITV 23 Apr 1976, with Nancy Kwan)

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In Hong Kong Story Hadleigh has two weeks to sell a diamond worth almost a million pounds, his cut of the sale is worth twenty five percent of the commission. James has a Chinese buyer lined up in Hong Kong but it will be a tricky sale especially when it becomes very clear that Hadleigh’s buyer has his own agenda.

Meanwhile a Dutchman called Grootman also wants the diamond, Hadleigh doesn’t seem to mind the competition though, especially as with a week to wait for the deal to go through it gives him time to spend with Grootman’s glamorous assistant Kai Yin.

Hadleigh is once again at his best when getting the better of people who are trying to do him over. He knows that someone is trying to play him for a fool in order to get the diamond for a cheaper price however it’s not until the closing scenes on the plane home that he finds out just who is the surprising figure behind it all (and it’s not who you might think).

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A Hadleigh on location shot from the TV Times feature.

Any TV show taking the opportunity to film overseas was always a big deal and there was an extensive four page feature in the TV Times for the week about the filming and Harper himself being mobbed by the English colony out there. At the time Hong Kong was still very much under English rule.

With the whole thing filmed on location there is no production designer credited and Hadleigh himself is the only regular cast member to appear. Nancy Kwan was main guest star, she remains best known for her role in the film The World of Suzie Wong.

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Another of the on location TV Times shots.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 23 April 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: David Ambrose / Director: Jim Goddard

Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 8

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Joop Doderer as Grootman
Nancy Kwan as Kai Tin
Christopher Benjamin as Oberman
David Waller as Ian Branby
Eddie Au Yeung as Mr Kwok
Richard Wong Ching as First Chinese Heavy
Mak Yue Choi as Second Chinese Heavy

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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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