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Killer Contract (ITV 2 Mar 1984, Edward Woodward)

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In Killer Contract, the final of three one off thrillers, high powered businessman Bill Routledge has his life thrown into disarray when his daughter is kidnapped.

Bill is about to launch a major satellite communications project and it’s clear that the kidnap is linked to that. An American consortium wants to buy him out and as the days go by Bill begins to believe they might well be behind the abduction of his daughter.

All three of the Killer episodes start out as traditional thrillers but end up as something a little more off kilter and this is no exception. It’s also the least coherent – despite a typically effortless performance from Edward Woodward.

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“stop production or your daughter dies.”

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 2 March 1984 at 9.00pm

Writer: Robin Chapman / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: James Ormerod

Series: Killer Episode 3 (of 3)

cast
Edward Woodward as Bill Routledge
David Sibley as Hugh Dexter
Caroline Bliss as Celia Routledge
Christopher Poulson as Gerry
Rachel Laurence as Link Girl
Kate Harper as Joan Routledge
Wanda Ventham as Dorothy Routledge
Simon Molloy as CID Officer
Paul Maxwell as Head of consortium
Paula Kitt as Alice

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

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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.

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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

cast
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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