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The Main Chance: Doll On A Wall (ITV 2 Aug 1972)

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In Doll On A Wall David is perturbed when Hilary goes away without warning, more so when a fellow solicitor turns up claiming that the buyer of Hilary’s two florist shops is going to be sue because they believe the value was artificially inflated.

Hilary meanwhile has fled to Amsterdam in search of herself, she knows that marriage to David is very much on the cards and is feeling under pressure. She seeks (platonic) companionship with a young man called Tony, a situation David is none too impressed about when he too turns up in Amsterdam. Events take another turn when Tony is found dead.

As always one of the things that makes The Main Chance such superior drama is the dialogue and writer Ray Jenkins turns in an excellent wordy and intelligent script here.

This was the second episode of the season (Widows Mite was the earlier episode) to incorporate location filming abroad. Location filming for this one actually took place before the Switzerland trip despite appearing later in the season.

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“Hilary, I don’t drink at public fountains.” – David’s reaction after discovering Hilary has been spending time with Tony.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 2 August 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Alan Pickford / Director: John Frankau

Series: The Main Chance Season 3 Episode 9

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John Stride as David Main
Estelle Kohler as Hilary Nash
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Anna Palk as Sarah Radchester
Scott Antony as Tony Ferman
Frederick Treves as Stanton
Candace Glendenning as Denny Ferman
Benedicta Leigh as Mrs Gadley
Patrick Jordan as Inspector Bertram

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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