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The Hanged Man: Laws of Fortune (ITV 29 March 1975, Jan Francis)

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In Laws of Fortune Crowe and Burnett call upon an old flame of Crowe’s, Captain Jane Ashley a former accountant now in the army in order to try and make some sense of the files they now hold. When she is murdered by Quentin both Crowe and Lew realise the stakes have risen considerably higher. Meanwhile plans are under way to sell off Burnett’s business at half its real value, Lew and Crowe (helped by Turtle) decide to break into Lew’s former offices to take a proper look at some secret accounts. Haven’t spent some time examining the files Lew finally puts two and two together and realises that Preston is behind the death attempts. A 300,000 pound embezzlement that was about to be discovered by Burnett, but is Preston also part of a set up designed to throw Lew further off the scent?

The action is gearing up for the big finish in this penultimate episode, you think that Lew has discovered exactly what it is going on before the ending turns the whole thing around again. The net is closing in though and Quentin finally gets his just desserts thanks to Crowe. There is also a nice guest appearance from Jan Francis as Crowe’s old army flame. She isn’t in it for long though before being “dealt with” by Quentin.

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UK | ITV Network – Yorkshire Television

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | AIRDATE: 29 March 1975

WRITER: Edmund Ward | DIRECTOR: Marc Miller

Series: The Hanged Man / Episode Seven of Eight

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COLIN BLAKELY as Lewis Burnett
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Alan Crowe
PETER ARMITAGE as Sergeant of the Guard
GARY WATSON as Quentin
JAN FRANCIS as Captain Jane Ashley
JOHN F. LANDRY as Turtle
JAMES GROUT as Sam McGuire
LAURENCE PAYNE as James Prendergast
TREVOR BOWEN as Michael Preston
KEITH VARNIER as Tony Hammond
VICTOR BROOKS as Night Watchman

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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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