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The Main Chance: It Couldn’t Happen Here (ITV 30 May 1975)



In It Couldn’t Happen Here Main and Clegg try to bring down agitator Joe Holroyd who is heavily disrupting a major building project using intimidation, violence and mob rule. Walter goes undercover to try and gain inside knowledge of Holroyd’s intentions but ends up getting badly beaten up for his trouble.

When Main sees how badly Clegg has been hurt he swings into action and in a great confrontation with Holroyd tells him he will have him put in prison within three months. He brings in private detective Peter Jarrett and his team to uncover enough info on Holroyd to bring him down.

In a nicely played out subplot the gorgeous Inge arranges a belated birthday dinner for David, she reveals that she has booked a flight home to Norway tomorrow and the pair end up spending the night together.

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The gorgeous Inge makes preparations for her dinner date with David.


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And David looks pretty smug about it too!

The fabulous Ray Smith is Holroyd, such a great character actor and highly believable as the tough agitator.

Another example of actors playing more than one role in the same series pops up here too in the shape of the excellent Stuart Wilson who plays William Trehearne in this episode but had previously appeared twice in series three in the quite prominent role of Margaret’s new assistant Edward Ransome. Still it had been a couple of years since the previous series.

We also learn, when Holroyd is threatening Clegg, that Walter has two grown up children, both married, and five grandchildren.

Margaret and Henry do not appear in this episode.

classic quote
“His name is Holroyd, he stops jobs. We want you to stop him.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 30 May 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 7

John Stride as David Main
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Sharon Mughan as Inge Lindstrom
Artro Morris as Robert Jordan
Ray Smith as Joe Holroyd
Derek Francis as Sir James Darren
Stuart Wilson as William Trehearne
Keith Washington as Richard Darren
Frank Wylie as Yorkie
Joseph Brady as George Allen
Patrick Jordan as Smith
Frederick Jaeger as Peter Jarratt
Anthony Roye as Crown Court Judge



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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