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Harry O: Shades (ABC 2 Oct 1975, with Louis Gossett)

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In Shades housekeeper Clara Wooster is found by the police in the apartment of a dead man, Alex Deckard, we know she is innocent but the police arrest her for murder and she even admits to doing it.

Clara’s employer Grace Duvall hires Harry to investigate. Harry becomes convinced she is covering up for someone. Harry talks to Cleon Jackson a well known gangster in the area, and it’s way more complicated than that as it turns out. Clara is actually Grace’s mother and Grace was being blackmailed over the knowledge and the gun that killed Deckard actually belonged to Grace. The police then let Clara go and arrest Grace instead.

Meanwhile Harry learns that Alex Deckard was a debt collector for gangster Peter MacNamara, it seems a book of Deckard’s, listing all of the people who owed MacNamara money, was stolen when he was murdered.

A nicely complicated episode with an excellent guest appearance from Louis Gossett Jr as Cleon and some nicely humorous touches in the scenes with Harry and his car mechanic Nat Collins (played by Lincoln Kilpatrick).

Harry O Shades

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USA / ABC / x minute episode / Broadcast 2 Oct 1975

Writer: Michael Sloan / Story: Eugene Crisci, Ron Jacoby / Director: Richard Lang

Series: Harry O Season 2 Episode 4

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David Janssen as Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe as Lt. K.C. Trench
Louis Gossett as Cleon Jackson
Lincoln Kilpatrick as Nat Collins
Linden Chiles as Raymond Duvall
Maidie Norman as Clara Wooster
Paul Tulley as Sergeant Roberts
Anjanette Comer as Grace Duvall
Bill Henderson as Spencer Johnson
Thayer David as Peter MacNamara
David Moody as Steele
Junero Jennings as Tremaine
G.W. Bailey as Garner

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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

cast
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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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