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Hazell: Hazell and the Weekend Man (ITV 6 Mar 1978, with Gwen Taylor)

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In Hazell and the Weekend Man milkman George Bradley asks Hazell to look into the activities of his widowed mother’s weekend lodger. Over the last few months she has become quite friendly with the man, Mr Norman, and would possibly like to marry him. Mr Norman is quite secretive about his activities during the week (he works away on business) and George Bradley wants to make sure his mother is not being taken advantage of.

Trailing Norman Hazell finds himself arrested for importuning at a railway station when he loses sight of Norman after he disappears in the gents lavatory.

Hazell and the Weekend Man

The arresting coppers are the ubiquitous Michael Sheard and Eamon Boland.

As Hazell investigates it very quickly becomes obvious that Mr Norman is not who he says he is.

Meanwhile Hazell is also being pursued by the tax man.

The lovely Pat Heywood is Mrs Bradley and George Waring is the double life leading Mr Norman. Gwen Taylor also makes a small appearance as a housewife who mistakes Hazell for a washing machine repair man.

In 1971 Richard Harris contributed a script, The Man Who Didn’t Eat Sweets, with a very similar storyline to fellow Thames series Public Eye.

Hazell and the Weekend Man

Gwen Taylor as Mrs Ford.

classic quote
“I’m not expecting anyone.”
“Neither was Trotsky”

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 6 March 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Bill Palmer, David Ferris / Director: Don Leaver

Series: Hazell Season 1 Episode 8

cast
Nicholas Ball as James Hazell
Maggie Riley as Maureen
Barbara Young as Dot
Sam Dale as Mr Arnold
Roger Sloman as George Bradley
Pat Heywood as Mrs Bradley
George Waring as Mr Norman
Eamon Boland as Hammond
Michael Sheard as Finch
Gwen Taylor as Mrs Ford
Martin Neil as Mr Doddimead

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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.

classic quote
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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