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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Bird (ITV 17 May 1979, with Carolyn Seymour)

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In Hazell Gets The Bird, Hazell meets the enigmatic Caroline Bancroft. She is working with Graham, helping him with one of his illustrations. She runs a company called Bespoke Pets specialising in taxidermy. It turns out that she is being pressured to close down her business by her chief rival. A tough scouser called Benny.

Benny turns out to be played by Michael Angelis who wears a t-shirt with a photograph of himself on it. He has a nice sideline in selling exotic pets to Sheiks. Meanwhile Cousin Tel introduces James to a character called High Street who has all the hallmarks of being a con man but turns out to be quite a useful ally. He is able to get Hazell the info he needs, it seems Caroline is not quite as straight as she seems, she is double crossing Benny over a selling a pair of protected falcons.

There is however a lot more to the case than bird smuggling. Caroline is actually married to Benny and before he got into the pet smuggling business he ran a nice sideline in marriages of convenience – with Caroline as the bride. Even though their marriage is over Benny has been blackmailing Caroline into still working for him.

Hazell persuades Choc Minty to go easy on Caroline if he helps bring Benny in only for Minty to renege on the deal and arrest Caroline anyway. With good reason, it turns out Caroline is actually the real ringleader!

The always fabulous Carolyn Seymour is Caroline.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 17 May 1979 at 9.00pm

Writers: Andrew Nickolds, Stan Hey / Production Design: Bill Palmer / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 5

cast
Nicholas Ball as James Hazell
Roddy McMillan as Minty
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Bourke as Graham
Carolyn Seymour as Caroline
Michael Angelis as Scouse Benny
Aubrey Woods as High Street Ken
Christopher Asante as Anderson
Jane Bertish as Pattu
Greg Hicks as Jonty
Maggie Henderson as W. Det Insp Palmer

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