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The Main Chance: By The Book (ITV 20 June 1975)

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In By The Book Walter is working undercover on his own initiative trying to gather enough evidence to prove that the duty sergeant at Shelborough police station is on the take when it comes to drunk drivers.

This of course ties in with just why David has been struck off in the first place. If David and Walter can prove that samples are being switched it could help get Main re-instated.

Another appearance in the series from David Savile, here playing Edward Bellingham, the ex-husband of Laura. He wants David to arrange the selling of a New York flat that he gave to Laura in the divorce settlement and she is keen to sell it back to him. Savile had previously appeared in season three episode Acting For Self as a shady property developer called Buckley.

This episode also marks the entry of solicitor Andrew Retford, played by Gary Bond, who meets David through Laura. Bond was yet another actor who had appeared in the series before in a different role. He was in the season 3 episode Widow’s Mite but he becomes a bit of a season four regular from now on.

Main Chance By The Book

David shows off his cooking skills – scrambled egg on one piece of dry toast.

Another no show from Margaret (Margaret Ashcroft was currently appearing on The Brothers on BBC-1) airing at the same time as this season. Henry though makes a strong appearance representing David in his appeal to the Law Society. With a month to wait for the result of the appeal David takes up Laura’s offer of a cruise and the episode ends with David returning with a rather fake looking tan to find Henry and Walter waiting with the result from the Law Society. This time David’s appeal is upheld and he is can practice as a solicitor again.

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“will you bring my car Walter, I still hate driving these roads.”

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 20 June 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Cyril Coke

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 9

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John Stride as David Main
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Tony Melody as Sammy Dayton
Ingrid Hafner as Laura Granton
David Savile as Edward Bellingham
Gary Bond as Andrew Retford
James Mellor as George Matthews
Denis Lill as Stephen Howard
Frank Duncan as William Pirbright
Alick Hayes as Magistrate
Anthony Woodruff as Crown Court Judge

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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

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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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