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Hadleigh: Mrs Paige (ITV 27 Jul 1973, with Barbara Shelley)

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In Mrs Paige Hadleigh is back at Melford, all on his lonesome. After the major fight James had with Jennifer over the family wedding back in Liverpool she has stayed on for a few days until she cools down. Meanwhile James, as chairman of the local Hospital committee, is part of a team conducting interviews for a new social worker who will be attached to the hospital. Hadleigh is shocked when one of the candidates turns out to be an old flame, Susan Paige.

Hadleigh invites her to spend the evening with him and Aunt Helen at Melford and over the course of dinner and a late night chat it soon becomes clear that all is not well with Susan.

Susan is another in the long line of women that Hadleigh seems to have proposed to over the years! His prior long bachelorhood does provide the writers opportunity to bring in women from his past.

The always excellent Barbara Shelley is Susan, she spends most of the episode either embroidering the truth or lying about her current state and is more than likely suffering a severe bout of depression. In the end she doesn’t turn up for the final interview, which James is a little relieved about.

The lovely Jennifer isn’t in this episode.

Hadleigh Mrs Paige

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 27 July 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: David Ambrose / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: Bob Hird

Series: Hadleigh Season 3 Episode 6

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Barbara Shelley as Susan Paige
Barrie Cookson as Blake
Peter Madden as Peters
Barbara Laurenson as Miss Evans
Rosemary McVee as Committee Secretary
Frank Cranshaw as Committee Member

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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.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

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James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
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