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Killer Waiting (ITV 17 Feb 1984, John Thaw)

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In Killer Waiting retired army officer Major Peter Hastings is now an author living in the country. Hastings is more than a little disturbed when he gets a phone call letting it be known that he will be killed on Monday.

The threat is linked to the time that Hastings was stationed in Northern Ireland and a girl called Rose O’Malley with whom he was involved.

Hastings thinks the caller is just a crank but then his dog is shot dead and his girlfriend receives a note warning her to think twice about him. Saturday evening bullets are then fired through Hasting’s window.

Very quickly we learn that an Irishman, possibly O’Malley’s father, has hired a hit man to kill Hastings on the tenth anniversary of Rose’s death and that before he kills him he has to make Hasting’s suffer. There is a twist in this tale that you definitely won’t see coming.

This was the first of a short run of three individual dramas that went out under the title Killer, as befitting a John Thaw drama Killer Waiting was given a TV Times cover and three page interview with Thaw himself. Most of the interview focused on his career and his still being identified with Jack Regan from The Sweeney.

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“Next Monday I’m going to kill you.”

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 17 February 1984 at 9.00pm

Writer: Eric Wendell / Production Design: Richard Jarvis / Music: David Lawson / Director: Michael Ferguson

Series: Killer Episode 1 (of 3)

cast
John Thaw as Peter Hastings
Diane Keen as Kate Greenwood
Tom Harrison as Sam
Stafford Gordon as Fuller
Beth Haynes as Shelagh
Ian Bleasdale as O’Malley
Benjamin Barker as Jody
Brett Sinclair as Gregson
Lainey Walker as Rose
David Beale as Birdwatcher
Harry Goodier as Franklyn
Danny McCarthy as Postman
Gerry Cowan as Policeman
Christopher Quinn as Oilman

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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

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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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