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ITV Playhouse: The Nearly Man (ITV 4 August 1974, with Michael Elphick)

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In The Nearly Man Labour M.P. Chris Tomlinson has been a back bencher for years, apart from one brief spell as a junior minister, he’s growing pretty tired of the game. There is a general election looming and his party group are fully behind him but he himself is not sure if he has had enough.

This was the play that led to the series a year later, it’s quite low key but the dialogue, as befitting Arthur Hopcraft, is first rate and gives you plenty of pause for thought. It’s a nice twist having super smooth Tony Britton as Labour man Tomlinson.  In the series he would be called Collinson because of a real life MP called Tomlinson. Michael Elphick is typically brilliant as Tominlinson’s agent Ron Hibbert.

Unlike the series this opening play was all shot on film.

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Michael Elphick is Ron Hibbert, Tomlinson’s agent.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 4 August 1974 at 10.15pm

Writer: Arthur Hopcroft / Production Design: Alan Price / Director: John Irvin

Series: The Nearly Man

cast
Tony Britton as Chris Tomlinson
Ann Firbank as Alice Tomlinson
Wilfred Pickles as Bernard King
Michael Elphick as Ron Hibbert
Barry Gosney as Peter Borry
Richard Butler as Geoff
Jean Rimmer as Ethel
Chris Canavan as Billy
Beth Morris as Deirdre
Joby Blanchard as Mr Deakin
Joe Holroyd as Club Secretary
Bernard Atha as Photographer
Barbara Moor Black as Miss Dawson

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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

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

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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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