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The Main Chance: Body and Soul (ITV 25 June 1969)



In Body and Soul the father of a young girl attacked in the park takes matters into his own hands against the attacker and is then accused of assault and grevious bodily harm. The man, George Jargrave, just happens to be Sidney Bulmer’s son-in-law. David is determined to do everything he can to help naturally. Hargrave did beat the man badly but the man is claiming to be totally innocent and Main knows he needs to pile emotional pressure on the jury if he is to get the result he wants.

Margaret is also spending time at the London office, meeting the staff and helping out where needed.

Meanwhile Peter Findon has to try and extricate a pop singer from his troublesome contract with his American manager. Cue some nicely dodgy scenes inside a Soho drinking den and Findon proclaiming to prefer Mozart to rock.

In the first two seasons Bulmer was Main’s chief investigator, more sedate and by the book than his replacement Walter Clegg but a good presence nonetheless.

Main Chance Body and Soul

David visits Julia at home to pick up his dinner jacket. She meanwhile has hired a private detective.

Despite allowing David in to pick up his dinner jacket Julia is determined to go ahead with divorce proceedings and has hired a private detective to try and catch David out in an affair with Sarah (at this stage though their relationship is purely business.)

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 25 June 1969 at 9.00pm.

Writer: Edmund Ward / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: The Main Chance Season 1 Episode 2

John Stride as David Main
Kate O’Mara as Julia Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Courtenay
John Arnatt as Sidney Bulmer
Philip Bond as Peter Findon
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Liz Bamber as Priscilla Graves
John Normington as George Hargrave
Carol Gotell as Hargrave’s Daughter
Walter Gotell as Gilbert Fletcher
Frank Barrie as Richard Pryce-Hartley
Murray Evans as Mort Harper
Victor Brooks as Police Sergeant
Noel Hood as Aunt Harriet
Ballard Berkeley as Major Dibbyn
Michael Hall as Prosecuting barrister
Georgine Anderson as Mrs Kellaway
Frank Sieman as Jury Foreman
John Graham as Roy Sanderson
Morris Parsons as Park keeper
Tony Caunter as Harry Rowlands
Austin Trevor as Judge
Peter Thompson as Clerk of the court
Trevor Lawrence as Ziggy
John Crocker as Oliver Griffith
Geoffrey Denton as Chairman of the magistrates court
Wendy Johnson as Mrs Fletcher
David Strong as Tout



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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