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Hadleigh: The Last Rent Dinner (ITV 6 Jul 1973, with Brian Blessed)

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In The Last Rent Dinner James is planning a major revamp of his estate, a five year plan to completely revitalise all the farms. Estate manager Joseph Roper is none too keen on the plans and neither do more than a few of the tenants. Especially as they will need to sign new tenancy agreements. Roper is even more perturbed when he learns that Hadleigh intends to employ a farms director to oversee operations.

Meanwhile Jennifer has been Mrs Hadleigh for a full ten days and is finding the going tough, especially when it comes to dealing with the super efficient Sutton. She also has her first big social occasion to deal with, the annual Rent Dinner, when James entertains all his tenants.

Jennifer is very keen to stamp her own authority on the household, even if it means putting Sutton in his place.

The rent dinner isn’t quite the social situation Jennifer had hoped for as discussions for the plans for the estate get out of hand. Hadleigh, having discovered just how much Roper has been lining his own pockets, puts him to rights. Jennifer is also superb when she puts everyone in their place at the dinner. She’s a real strong force that’s for sure.

The always brilliant Brian Blessed is Roper, he is such a presence of course that he tends to dominate every scene he is. Jack Woolgar had previously appeared in Hadleigh just a few short episodes before in Season 2’s The Diplomat. There he had played the elderly German head of the Prager household. Here he is on more familiar territory as disgruntled farmer Gunning.

Hadleigh The Last Rent Dinner

Too many cooks…

classic quotes
“you gutless parasites.”

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 6 July 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Carey Harrison / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: Bob Hird

Series: Hadleigh Season 3 Episode 3

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Hilary Dwyer as Jennifer Hadleigh
Brian Blessed as Joseph Roper
Jack Woolgar as Rufus Gunning
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Aunt Helen
Stella Tanner as Alice Gunning
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Peter Schofield as Shepherd
Kathy Staff as Mrs Brennan
Gwen Harris as Mrs Lillee

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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.

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

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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