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Hadleigh: Incident (ITV 14 May 1976, with James Grout)



In Incident Joanna thinks she has found the perfect job for Jenny. David Lanyon, the father of an old school friend of hers, is in the oil industry and involved in a think tank. He wants James to replace him.

Joanna has spent the day with Valerie Lanyon and her father. That evening Lanyon gives Joanna a lift to the train station and on the way hits something with his car – Lanyon is adamant it was a pheasant – Joanna is not convinced.

When Valerie and David arrive at Melford for the weekend Joanna discovers that a boy from Lanyon’s village was killed in a hit and run incident.

Joanna is distraught and almost unable to face David. James, whilst talking to David about the job offer, is able to get to the heart of the matter with him – he was the driver who hit the child. But on the way back from dropping off Joanna at the station!

An excellent episode, one that revolves around Joanna. The question of whether she had a premonition about Lanyon hitting the child is left very much up in the air.

Hadleigh Incident

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 14 May 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: Tim Couper / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: David Reynolds

Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 11

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Jenny Twigge as Joanna Roberts
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Ralph Michael as Sir Robert Stilgo
James Grout as David Lanyon
Ann Penfold as Valerie Lanyon
Doreen Kay as Mrs Digby