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Hadleigh: The Story of a Panic (ITV 5 Mar 1976, with Richard Vernon)

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In The Story of a Panic James, who is a board member of a merchant bank, discovers at a special meeting that the current chairman, Sir Geoffrey Osborne, is planning to retire at some stage in the next few years and wants James to take over. Sir Geoffrey makes it plain that James would need to significantly improve his share holding. Sir Richard arranges a million pound loan (putting Melford as security in the process) but a run on the pound threatens to completely ruin Hadleigh.

Jennifer though is conspicuous by her absence, supposedly in New York helping friends set up an art gallery. Hilary Dwyer, who played Jennifer, had recently given up acting to help husband Duncan Heath set up his acting agency. She doesn’t appear in this season at all. However despite her non-appearance much of the episode revolves around. Her make up bag is found on a train. Is she actually in London? James needs to find out.

Further investigation reveals that the art gallery Jennifer was involved with was caught up in shady practices and three of the people involved, including Jennifer, have gone missing. James rushes to New York but discovers it’s all something of a nothing. Jennifer had instead headed to Los Angeles to an artists colony. He does reveal to Helen on his return that they have decided to call it a day.

Richard Easton who plays Joanna’s new much older boyfriend had appeared in season 2 episode Nicola Penn as a close friend of Hadleigh’s.

Same memorable theme tune but complete new scenes for the opening title.

The TV Times of the week, 28 Feb 1976, had a typically unrevealing interview with Gerald Harper (a well known hater of interviews and unwilling to give out personal details it was never easy for the interviewer and this was is par for the course – it does touch a little on the genesis of the show though.)

Hadleigh The Story of a Panic

Jenny Twigge makes her second appearances as Joanna, she is Hadleigh’s Goddaughter and will become something of a regular this season. Richard Easton, better known as Brian from The Brothers, makes his second Hadleigh appearance too.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 5 March 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: David Ambrose / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Derek Bennett

Series: Hadleigh Season 4 Episode 1

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Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Jenny Twigge as Joanna Roberts
Richard Easton as Bill Townsend
Richard Vernon as Sir Geoffrey Osborne
Anthony Corlan as Gregory Baker
Peter Ellis as Taylor
George Innes as Teddy Monks
Larry Cross as Newscaster
Robert McBain as Police Inspector
Frank Duncan as Alastair Patterson
Jane Dore as Traffic Warden
Roger Ostime as City man
Carl Rae as Croupier
Delena Kidd as 1st Party Woman
Monica Grey as 2nd Party Woman
Joseph Greig as Tedbut

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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

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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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