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Hadleigh: Thanks For The Offer (ITV 16 Sep 1969, with Bill Fraser)



With the end of Gazette the adventures of wealthy estate owner James Hadleigh continue in his own self titled series. In the opening episode, Thanks For The Offer, James is meeting with the Shawcliffe group who have made a bid for the Westdale Gazette, the paper that he inherited from his father. He agrees to sell 75% of his shares in the paper, keeping a quarter share to ensure some degree of continuity.

It’s no great surprise in the great scheme of things that Hadleigh has decided to sell off most of the newspaper. Right from the start of Gazette he was unsure of whether he actually wanted to keep it or not despite getting quite friendly with editor Frank Walters and reporter Sue Jackson.

Hadleigh thinks that Shawcliffe may have ulterior motives for buying the Gazette and it turns out that Shawcliffe himself wants to groom Hadleigh to take over from him one day.

With the take over having happened Sue pays a visit to Hadleigh to tell him that she is thinking of trying her luck on a London magazine. She also offers a few words of wisdom on why his new job would not be the right fit for him. It quickly turns into a romantic moment as Hadleigh kisses Sue. She responds but then quickly makes her excuses and leaves. For Hadleigh it’s a pivotal moment and he realises he might actually be in love with Sue. He invites her to dinner and makes a shock marriage proposal. Sue, who is much younger than Hadleigh and comes from a working class background, tells him she is not ready for marriage yet. Hadleigh is pretty depressed over the refusal but promises to help Sue with her ideas of a job in London. By the end of the episode though Sue has decided to stay in Westdale for the time being and see where her relationship with Hadleigh takes here. She is still very unsure about marriage though!

Hadleigh Thanks For The Offer

Hadleigh makes his feelings for Sue plain.

An excellent opening episode to the all new Hadleigh, enough of the old Gazette vibe to keep fans of that show hooked in and leaving plenty of scope to explore the new direction the series will be going in.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 16 September 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy / Production Design: Stanley Morris / Director: Marc Miller

Series: Hadleigh Season 1 Episode 1

Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Gillian Wray as Sue Jackson
Alastair Hunter as Maxwell
Bill Fraser as Lord Shawcliffe
Ambrosine Phillpotts as Lady Helen
Wanda Ventham as Diana Reed
Margery Mason as Mrs Jackson
Morris Perry as Charles Barrington
Anthony Douse as Mr Cooper
Anne Kristen as Mrs Cooper
Betty Huntley-Wright as Mrs Clark
Maurice Hedley as Major Clark
Jane Evers as Jane Boyd
Terence Sewards as T.V. Reporter
Ann Syrett as Ward Sister
Peter Ellis as Photographer



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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