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Logan’s Run: Pilot (CBS 16 Sep 1977, with Randy Powell)



In the pilot episode of Logan’s Run, set in a future world that has been devastated by nuclear war forcing people to live in a domed city, sandman (basically a police officer) Logan is approaching the age of 30 when he will be sent to the “Carousel” for renewal. Logan is questioning whether renewal really exists or people just die. When he meets Jessica, an outlaw runner, she tells him that sanctuary (a place where people can live to old age) is real and his mind is made up. Together the pair escape the domed city and embark on a quest to find sanctuary.

The highly naive Francis 7 has his eyes well and truly opened when he is summoned to see the elders. The old men who rule the city tell him that there is no rebirth and the whole carousel system is a way to keep the population at a sustainable level. The elders wants Francis 7 to bring back Logan and Jessica to make an example of them and prove that there is no sanctuary. As a tempter they offer him a place on the council of elders.

Once outside the dome Logan and Jessica discover that the air is breathable and quiickly find a ruined building to take shelter in. The next day they are almost caught by Francis 7 and two other Sandmen. But thanks to an old solar powered vehicle they find they are able to make an escape.

Logan and Jessica then come across a group called The Riders who take people as slaves. Fleeing from the riders the pair come across a large group of people who are living in an underground complex in fear of the riders. Matters get complicated when a young girl is kidnapped by the riders and then Jessica when she gives chase. When the underground people refuse to help Logan mounts a one man rescue mission. Luckily his special laser gun seems to have quite a few different settings including a freeze type one. When he is able to free the prisoners they mount a revolt, at the same time the leaders of the underground society also arrive.

Having freed the underground people from the tyranny of the riders and given them a home above ground once more Logan and Jessica move on. Their next stop is a somewhat weird and culty society that is ruled over by the masters who turn out to be long dead skeletons. When Jessica and Logan try to escape they discover that the members of the society are in fact robots programmed to be the ultimate servants – they are also very unwilling to let the pair leave. Again trying to escape the pair meet Rem who is in charge of fixing the robots. He agrees to help them escape but before they can make it back to their vehicle they find Francis 7 waiting for them. Luckily the robots also turn up and capture Francis 7 and Co. Jessica and Logan are then somewhat shocked to discover that Rem is in fact an android, a next generation robot. When they are then able to make their escape they decide to take Rem with them anyway.

The opening scenes feature quite a few shots from the movie, especially the large scale Carousel scenes. Essentially this opening episode is a remake of the movie but moving things along a whole lot quicker. Logan and Jessica have escaped the dome with ten minutes and by the twenty minute mark have reached an area that used to be known as “Washington.” This was the site of Sanctuary in the movie. With Francis and the other sandmen on their trail Logan and Jessica are forced to try and keep one step ahead of them. The whole episode is basically a trio of three separate stories.

production details
USA / CBS / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 16 September 1977

Writers: William F. Nolan, Saul David, Leonard Katzman / Director: Robert Day

Series: Logan’s Run Season 1 Episode 1

Gregory Harrison as Logan
Heather Menzies as Jessica
Donald Moffat as Rem
Randy Powell as Francis
Lina Raymond as Siri
Keene Curtis as Draco
Wright King as Jonathon
E.J. Andre as Martin
Morgan Woodward as Morgan
Ron Hajek as Riles
J. Gary Dontzig as Akers
Anthony De Longis as Ketcham
Cal Haynes as Rider #3
Mary Hamill as Marianne
Ted Markland as Karlin
Sandy McPeak as Rider #4
Kimberly La Page as Leanna
Patrick Gorman as David
Gilbert Girion as Man
Marvin Dean Stewart as Paine
Michael Biehn as Sandman
Mary Ball as Woman
Gary Charles Davis as Barry



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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