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Hadleigh: Invasion (ITV 8 Jan 1971, with Joyce Carey)



In Invasion, the opening episode of the second season, Hadleigh has his hands full with a weekend party, ostensibly with a view to discussing a new motorway planned to cut through part of Westdale with a few prominent landowners.

Two of the guests are John and Eileen Billingham, Eileen is a farmer’ daughter and every time she comes back to Yorkshire she feels like a second class citizen and that her husband married beneath him. Eileen is also troubled about the fact that her husband is keen for the motorway to go ahead even though it would her father having to lose his farm.

Hadleigh tells Eileen that his relationship with Susan fell apart in some degree to their differing backgrounds and that she shouldn’t let the same thing happen to her marriage. Meanwhile there is a fun subplot with Sarah, the teenage daughter of the Fawcett’s, declaring her love for James.

The new season saw the same theme tune and the same title sequence but with a few subtle changes.

Hadleigh Monteverdi

The return of the series was also given the accolade of a TV Times cover ( 2 Jan 71) complete with the excellent picture above of Hadleigh’s new car, the Swiss made Monteverdi 375L. At the time it had a price tag of £10,450. In the accompanying interview star Gerald Harper talked about his love of horses and his even then controversial love of hunting. He also explained why he preferred TV to Theatre and being able to do things on his own terms.

classic quote
“If. The most important word in the world. And the most melancholic.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 8 January 1971 at 9.00pm

Writer: Hugh Whitemore / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: John Frankau

Series: Hadleigh Season 2 Episode 1

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Alastair Hunter as Maxwell
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Aunt Helen
Roland Culver as Major Cray-Crocker
Joyce Carey as Lady Evelyn Cray-Crocker
Edward Underdown as Henry Fawcett
Judy Campbell as Cynthia Fawcett
Jo Maxell-Muller as Sarah Fawcett
Moray Watson as John Billingham
Mary Peach as Eileen Billingham



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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