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The Main Chance: It Could Happen To You (ITV 21 Sep 1970)

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In It Could Happen To You David is completely preoccupied by his bitter custody battle but he does find time to take on the case of antique dealer Mrs Clifford who has been left blind in an attack by two hoodlums.

David’s snobbish attitudes are very much to the fore here. He is seriously upset about the fact that his kids are going to a comprehensive and living in a less affluent area. It’s a situation that seems at best misguided and also not overly believable. At the end of the day Main has pretty much shown zero interest in his children to this point and if he does get custody they would in effect have no parental supervision as the driven Main is so work obsessed. Bernard Kay appears again as Julia’s husband, Julia herself is conspicuous by her absence.

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Bernard Kay as Julia’s new husband Patrick Bell – he offers some much needed stability to Julia.

David wins custody but finds “two polite little strangers” living with him. Offscreen we learn the decision means Julia is on the verge of cracking up. David then comes up with a solution that will let him have his cake and eat it. If Bell agrees to move to a more upmarket area and let David choose the school his children go to he will allow Julia to have “care and control” of the children (he however with retain legal custody of them).

Diana Coupland has a nice role as the blind Mrs Clifford and there is an appearance from soon to be Onedin Line regular Brian Rawlinson as her assistant. Peter Findon proves himself to be nicely sympathetic again in this episode taking Mrs Clifford under his wing.

Trivia fans may note that Anna Palk’s character Sarah’s surname has subtly changed from Courtnay in season one to Courtney in this second season.

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“All the machinery of the law grinding into motion slow and careful.”

“I’m not in the handshakes business I will put it in writing.”

“Win a few, lose a few. Sometimes you can’t tell the difference.”

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Diana Coupland plays the blind Mrs Clifford.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 21 September 1970 at 8.30pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Roger Cheveley / Director: Marc Miller

Series: The Main Chance Season 2 Episode 2

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John Stride as David Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Courtney
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Philip Bond as Peter Findon
Bernard Kay as Patrick Bell
John Westbrook as Charles Wainwright
Diana Coupland as Mrs Clifford
Brian Rawlinson as George Langden
Norman Scace as Anthony Markson
David Steuart as Judge
John Barcroft as Mark Freedler

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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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