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Under The Hammer: The Fatal Attribution (ITV 10 Jan 1994, John Gielgud)

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In The Fatal Attribution Maggie Perowne and Ben Glazier, both art experts working for Klinsky’s auction house think they have discovered a painting that appears to be a long last masterpiece but after one previous mistake they need to be absolutely sure that it is genuine.

A good opening episode with the dynamic between Jan Francis’s Maggie and Richard Wilson’s Ben established fairly quickly, Ben is carrying something of a torch for Maggie, she sees him as more of a teacher figure though and is involved with the none too likeable wine expert at Klinsky’s Nick Roper who also sets out his stall early by being more than prepared to get one over on Maggie by using her information on the painting to try and make a profit for himself.

The episode also has some major names popping up too including a small cameo for Sir John Gielgud as an art expert, Alfred Burke as a dying artist, Susan Wooldridge doing her excellent slightly off kilter bit as a possible forger and an uncredited cameo for comedian Stephen K. Amos as a member of the audience at an auction.

production details
UK / ITV – Meridian – New Penny / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 10 January 1994

WRITER: John Mortimer / DIRECTOR: Robert Tronson

Series: Under The Hammer Episode One of Seven

main cast
RICHARD WILSON as Ben Glazier
JAN FRANCIS as Maggie Perowne
MICHAEL SIBERRY as Nick Roper
MARSHA FITZALAN as Camilla Mounsey
ROBERT LANG as Lord Holloway
STEPHEN BOXER as Keith Shrimsley
ROSE KEEGAN as Lucy Starr
SUSAN ENGEL as Lady Holloway

guest cast
SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE as Sarah Napper
ALFRED BURKE as Peter Pomfret
JOHN GIELGUD as Hugo Lunt
FREDERICK TREVES as Lord Saltery
JOHN GRILLO as Owly Johnstone
DAVID DE KEYSER as Roy Deracort
JAY VILLIERS as Mr Hanley
DAVID HOUNSLOW as Detective Sergeant Strachan
CAVADA HUMPHREY as Buyer At Auction

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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

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

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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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