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Justice: Matrimonial Malice (ITV 5 Jul 1974, with Carolyn Seymour)



In Matrimonial Malice Harriet is working for Joy Mostyn who has accused her husband of badly beating her over a long period, she finally has enough after he breaks her collar bone. Her story contrasts very differently with that of her husband Gordon who knows his career as a surgeon will be ruined if the story gets in the papers.

Joy Mostyn gets a very hard time in the witness box and it looks like her evidence is falling apart – until Harriet gets Gordon in the witness box.

Justice Matrimonial Malice Susan Littler

Susan Littler as Sally Creig, Joy’s friend and one time girlfriend of Gordon’s.

Meanwhile there is an interesting bit of business with Harriet having a go at Bill for not keeping the Chamber’s accounts up to date. Given that he and Rosie seem to be the only office staff and he barely has time to think never mind anything else it seems a little unfair. Harriet then makes a list of jobs for Bill and ends the conversation by saying “I don’t think I’m being difficult,” when actually she comes across as being very difficult. It seems Harriet’s new role as Head of Chambers is going to be hard work for Bill!

A strong episode lifted higher by some great guest players including Carolyn Seymour and Gareth Thomas as the Mostyns and Susan Littler as Joy’s friend Sally.

Anthony Valentine isn’t in this episode.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 5 July 1974 at 9.00pm

Writer: Bill Macilwraith / Production Design: Eric Shedden / Director: Mark Cullingham

Series: Justice Season 3 Episode 7

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
John Stone as Ian Moody
John Bryans as Bill
Rosie Collins as Rosie
Carolyn Seymour as Joy Mostyn
Gareth Thomas as Gordon Mostyn
James Maxwell as Mr Stanhope
Brian Oulton as Mr Philson
Susan Littler as Sally Creig
Barbara Bolton as Alice Dewham
Roy Purcell as Dr Webb
Tom Gowling as Mr Byng



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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




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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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