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Justice: One For the Road (ITV 9 Mar 1973, with Carmel McSharry)



In One For The Road Harriet is defending Brian Bex who is accused of killing someone in a drink driving accident. He initially wants to plead guilty and has already attempted suicide. He is a diabetic who had fallen into a hyperglycaemic coma whilst at the wheel following a night out. Harriet’s defence rests on the fact that Bex was a tee-totaller and had actually taken an alcoholic drink by mistake and that had led to his coma.

Meanwhile Dr Moody has taken another “lame duck” under his wing. Dave Fletcher has just been released from prison and his wife Sybil is adamant she won’t take him back. Harriet is less than impressed when Ian asks her to put the man up for the night. The next morning Dave has gone and a silver statuette along with a valuable piece of china are missing.

It’s something of an episode of two parts, for once Moody’s story doesn’t cross with Harriet’s. He is genuinely concerned about the welfare of Dave Fletcher (played by excellent character actor Frank Mills). Moody can’t quite grasp that Fletcher has become institutionalised and is happy to take prison over his freedom.

Carmel McSharry who plays Fletcher’s embittered wife would go on to star in ITV-Yorkshire drama Beryl’s Lot later in the year. That series was created by Kevin Laffan (a Justice contributor and also creator of Emmerdale Farm) and featured heavy imput from Bill Macilwraith, the writer of this episode. Clearly McSharry made enough of an impact here to be considered for the lead in Beryl’s Lot.

Geoffrey Whitehead makes his second Justice appearance having previously played a different character in season one episode To Help an Old School Friend.

classic quote
“That’s the difference between us Bill, I should deeply resent it if I was proved wrong.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 9 March 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Bill Macilwraith / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Justice Season 2 Episode 5

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallagher
John Stone as Dr Ian Moody
John Bryans as Bill, Clerk of Chambers
Carmel McSharry as Sybil Fletcher
Frank Mills as Dave Fletcher
Geoffrey Whitehead as Brian Bex
John Barcroft as Randell
John Cazabon as Clerk of Court
Terry Duggan as Robinson
Tim Preece as Frobisher
Kenneth Gilbert as Sgt Humphrey
Douglas Milvain as Dearden



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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