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Justice: Divorce (ITV 16 Mar 1973, with Sue Lloyd)



In Divorce, popular singing duo The Carsons are embroiled in a bitter break up and Harriet is acting for Lydia Carson. Lydia has caught her husband in bed with another woman. Much of the episode revolves around the comedic bantering between the Carsons and their attempts to get control of their London flat.

Harriet’s son Michael, home from Hong Kong, makes his very first appearance and to be frank he’s a bit of a pillock. He clearly harbours some kind of idea that one day his mother and father could get back together – Harriet makes it plain there is zero chance of that of course. Michael’s appearance is something of a non-starter, it’s clear that his father has persuaded him to visit to try and get Harriet to change his mind but at this stage in her life that’s just not going to happen.

Before Michael heads back to Hong Kong he tells Harriet that he has arranged for his father to ring and talk to her. Harriet instead heads out to dinner with Ian.

classic quote
“The divorce court is a great dream shatterer.”

“I’ve been judged by my son, and found wanting.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 16 March 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Kevin Laffan / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Justice Season 2 Episode 6

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallagher
John Stone as Dr Ian Moody
John Bryans as Bill, Clerk of the Chambers
Sue Lloyd as Lindy Carson
Robin Wentworth as Albert
Barry Stokes as Michael Kirby
Larry Noble as Ozzy Peake
John Turner as Greg Carson
Maryann Turner as Dresser
Dennis Mawn as Junior clerk
Brian Sharpe as Barrister
Peter Copley as Wigmore
Sally Nesbitt as Connie Oliphant
Mary Merrall as Aunt Deborah