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Harry O: Tender Killing Care (ABC 30 Oct 1975, with Howard Hesseman)

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In Tender Killing Care, Spence, Harry’s car mechanic, calls on Harry when his father, who is living in an old people’s home claims he is being mistreated. Harry agrees to take a look at the place with Spence but when they get there Spence’s father is in a very bad way. He has to be rushed to hospital and later dies.

Harry discovers that the medical director of the home, Dr Mangram, has several accusations against him. Mangram also happens to be medical director of several other old people’s homes. When Harry alert’s the Home’s owners to Mangram’s troubles he is sacked but quickly disappears. When Harry tracks him down and confronts him it’s clear he has a serious drug problem. Later Mangram is found dead and Spence is prime suspect.

Meanwhile Sue Ingham, Harry’s occasional girlfriend (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) comes to him with another problem, she is an air stewardess and has just returned from Hong Kong, accompanied by three young children whom she had promised to take to their father who has just started his own business in the area. He seems to have gone missing though. It doesn’t take long for Harry to track him down – he is in jail accused of Grand Theft Auto. He claims that he has been set up and Harry believes him. After further investigation Harry discovers a scam involving stolen cars. He teams up with Roberts to tackle the man running the racket.

Farrah has just one scene in the episode, when she is introducing the Lee kids to Harry. Howard Hesseman also has a small role as a senator looking into general care at old people’s homes.

Harry O Tender Killing Care

classic quote
“Harry, you will get me out of this?”
“I’ll have to, you’re the only mechanic that will work on my car.”

production details
USA / ABC / 1×45 minute episode / Broadcast 30 October 1975

Writer: Norman Strum / Director: Richard Lang

Series: Harry O Season 2 Episode 8

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David Janssen as Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe as Lt. K.C. Trench
Farrah Fawcett-Majors as Sue Ingham
Kenneth Mars as Dr. Mangram
Bill Henderson as Spencer Johnson
Janet Brandt as Mrs. Farber
Allan Rich as Charlie Kravitz
Bill Overton as Horace Ball
Howard Hesseman as Senator Lawler
Jester Hairston as Jefferson Johnson
Richard Stahl as Dr. Samuelson
Robert Ito as Chang Lee
Esther Koslow as Nurse
Paul Tulley as Sgt. Roberts
Tim Haldeman as Dean Farber
Bruce Solomon as Official
Bo Kaprall as Oscar Clark
Lois Williams as Mrs. Wayne
Lee Duncan as Jack
Raymond Chao as Kim Lee
William H. Knight as 1st Cop

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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.

classic quote
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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