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Hazell: Hazell Plays Solomon (ITV 16 Jan 1978, with Jane Asher)

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In Hazell Plays Solomon ex-cop James Hazell is trying to make his new career as a private detective work. Hazell is working for lawyer Gordon Gregory on a case he doesn’t know too much about only that he has to track down a couple called Abrey. When Hazell does discover the true facts of the case it puts him in a very difficult position. Wealthy Georgina Gunning, now living in LA but from originally from the same area of London as the Abrey’s has discovered that some years before that years before, when she gave birth to her daughter, she was switched at birth by an elderly nurse who was about to be sacked. Gunnings “child” has sadly died in a car accident and now she has decided to claim her rightful child back. Meanwhile Hazell himself, in a very unprofessional turn, has begun an affair with Mrs Abrey.

The episode does well to casually introduce all the key elements of the series, Hazell working with the well to do lawyer Gordon Gregory; Hazell having a run-in with Detective Inspector “Choc” Minty; Hazell’s eye for a lady. Hazel’s boss is take no nonsense Dorothy and his closest friend is Cousin Tel.

Hazell Plays Solomon

Susan Littler plays Toni Abrey, Hazell gets a little too close to her. 

Although Jane Asher is main guest star there are also appearances from the excellent Susan Littler (best known for her performance as Viv Nicholson in Spend Spend Spend) and George Irving as the Abreys. Incidentally Fiona Mollison who plays Gregory’s secretary would score a prominent role in another ITV crime drama – Strangers.

The TV Times for the week (14 Jan 78) of this premiere episode had a two page feature on Hazell joining the ranks of TV detectives with a look at other classic TV tecs like Frank Marker’s Public Eye and Harry O.

Hazell Plays Solomon

Fiona Mollison as Gregory’s secretary.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 16 January 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Gordon Williams, Terry Venables / Production Design: David Ferris, Bill Palmer / Director: Jim Goddard

Series: Hazell Season 1 Episode 1

cast
Nicholas Ball as James Hazell
George Innes as Cliff Abrey
Susan Littler as Toni Abrey
Lisa Moss as Trish Abrey
Jane Asher as Georgina Gunning
Fiona Mollison as Diane
James Faulkner as Gordon Gregory
Maggie Riley as Maureen
Barbara Young as Dot Wilmington
Roddy McMillan as Choc Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Daphne Heard as Kathleen Donaldson
Yasmin Pettigrew as Housewife

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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

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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