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Justice: The Whole Truth (ITV 2 Mar 1973, with Brian Blessed)



In The Whole Truth Harriet is acting for the prosecution against prominent villain Tiger Lawson, played in usual fine style by Brian Blessed, who is accused of carrying a gun. The case is complicated by the fact that Andy, a friend of Ian’s is also a friend of Tiger’s and is convinced that the weapon found on Lawson was planted by the police.

Ian Moody is in trouble this episode too, he has been reported to the General Medical Council for gross negligence for not looking in on an elderly patient after saying he would – the patient, who sadly died, was the granddaughter of Madge who feels that Ian has also let her down in love. She thought they had an understanding, having had dinner on a few occasions and been out riding once.

Ian’s pub buddy Andy is part of Dr Moody’s handy new part time job in London where he serves on a board looking into penal reform. He is an unlikely friend that’s for sure but does serve to provide an important plot bridge between Moody and Harriet.

There are some excellent scenes with Harriet, Ian and Sir John. The men’s dislike of each other is growing by the episode.

Frederick Jaeger turns in a great scene stealing performance as one of Tiger’s friends who gives evidence – Jaeger is another of those unsung character actors who always enlivens any show he appears in. Wilkinson, the character he plays, is completely out of his depth in the witness box and ends up perjuring himself but doesn’t quite know why. It also very quickly comes out that Sgt Foster, the only witness in the case, really has planted the evidence.

Michael Gover makes his second Justice appearance, as a different character. Here he plays the Chief Constable and played a judge in season one episode Within A Year and A Day. Gover is best known for his role as Arthur Russell in BBC classic Survivors but also had a semi-regular role in Z Cars in 1967.

The strongest episode of the season so far.

classic quotes
“I don’t mind him becoming a ventriloquist but I take strong exception to you becoming his dummy.” – Sir John to Harriet after hearing Ian’s argument about Tiger’s possible innocence.

“If, if if… Always the excuse of the second rate.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 2 March 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Bill Macilwwraith / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Alan Bromley

Series: Justice Season 2 Episode 4

Margaret Lockwood as Harriet Peterson
Philip Stone as Sir John Gallagher
John Stone as Dr Ian Moody
Brian Blessed as Tiger Lawson
Terrence Hardiman as Higson
Frederick Jaeger as Wilkinson
Michael Gover as Philip
John Carlin as Hugh
Sheila Reid as Madge
John Kane as Andy
John Bryans as Bill, Clerk of Chambers
John Byron as Solicitor
Norman Claridge as Judge
Brian Croucher as Sgt Foster
Ron Welling as Lawson’s friend
Linda Renwick as Mrs Lawson



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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