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Hadleigh: Strained Relations (ITV 20 Jul 1973, with Gerald James)



In Strained Relations one of Jennifer’s Liverpool relations is getting married, she has already made the decision that James needn’t go but then her Aunt Pauline makes it very plain she expects him to make an appearance. He has already made arrangements to take Aunt Helen to a different social engagement and it causes a bit of bad feeling but James knows he has to go with Jennifer.

This is James’ first opportunity to visit Jennifer’s home turf and he and his new father-in-law lock horns over the fact that Charlie is refusing to attend his niece’s wedding because he disapproves of the match. Jennifer also gets very upset with James over what she sees as his condescending treatment of her father.

Interestingly whilst Helen seems to be getting on very well with Jennifer she is not above making cutting remarks about her background when Jennifer is not around.

Sara Clee, who plays Jenny’s niece Jill, had her best role a couple of years later as one of the teenage leads in drama series The Siege of Golden Hill.

Trivia fans may like to note that the Hadleigh’s phone number is Westdale 25283.

Hadleigh Strained Relations

James ends up giving Jill (played by Sara Clee) away at her wedding.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 20 July 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy / Production Design: Eric Shedden / Director: Mark Cullingham

Series: Hadleigh Season 3 Episode 5

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Hilary Dwyer as Jennifer Hadleigh
Peter Dennis as Sutton
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Ann Wrigg as Edith
Gwen Cherrell as Aunt Pauline
Sara Clee as Jill Cotton
Gerald James as Charlie Caldwell
Paul Kelly as Eric Feasey
Pat Kean as Molly
Deidre Costello as Evie