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Justice: The Price of Innocence (ITV 24 May 1974, with Robin Bailey)



In The Price of Innocence an old friend of James’ has been accused of careless driving and has killed a man in the process. It’s an excellent episode full of great scenes between Eliot and Anderson (played by John Shrapnel), the pair had been at school together and Anderson thinks James isn’t doing as much as he should be. James eventually turns him over to Harriet to defend.

The fabulous Robin Bailey turns up as fellow barrister Stuart Kenyon, he too is a member of the chambers and has apparently been there some years despite this being his debut on the show. It’s mentioned that Sir John is now a high court judge and is still in Inverness. His new role also means that he will have to step down as head of chambers. Eliot is convinced that he would be the best man for the role; Kenyon believes that he would be the best man for the role – but what about a best woman? After a tense vote Harriet is indeed voted in as new head of chambers.

Harriet had actually been offered a position as head of chambers at another firm but turned the opportunity down and suggests that Kenyon might be just the man instead. Meanwhile Ian pays Harriet a visit, his partners at the practice want him to actually spend more time there.

Justice Price of Innocence

John Shrapnel as Anderson, he’s killed a man in a car accident but is more concerned about his business.

There are some great actors popping up in this episode too including Ralph Michael, Hilary Mason (sister of Margery) and John Shrapnel.

The show scored a TV Times cover for this weeks episode featured Anthony Valentine and Margaret Lockwood, the article focused on Anthony Valentine’s on screen persona as something of a bad guy – this was mainly down to his role on Callan. It also touched on his desire to act from a very early age, his growing interest in the law and his interest in shells!

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 24 May 1974 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Batt / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Mark Cullingham

Series: Justice Season 3 Episode 2

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Anthony Valentine as James Eliot
John Stone as Ian Moody
John Bryans as Bill
Rosie Collins as Rosie
Robin Bailey as Stuart Kenyon
John Shrapnel as Anderson
Hilary Mason as Mrs Garside
Graham Simpson as P.C. Edwards
Brenda Cowling as Mrs Cosgrove
Michael Cadman as Nesbitt
Ralph Michael as Mr Justice Bebbington
Andrew Lawrence as Magistrate
Richard Hampton as Williams
Alex Robinson as Associate
Simon Clarke as Foreman



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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