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The Main Chance: What About Justice? (ITV 18 June 1969)



In What About Justice?, the very first episode of The Main Chance, Henry Castleton asks London based solicitor David Main to travel up to Leeds to take on a case in which the son of prominent businessman Charles Arkwright has been arrested for “receiving”.

David isn’t keen, he is still smarting over being turned down for a partnership with Henry – mainly down to the fact that Henry wants a large sum of money for a partnership, money David doesn’t yet have. Arkwright offers to pay David the money he needs if he will take on the case.

Meanwhile David shows his human side when he also takes on the case of George Wilkinson accused of stealing from the post office. He is guilty but there are genuine extenuating circumstances and David manages to get him two years probation rather than a prison sentence.

Right from the beginning Anna Palk’s Sarah is a vital part of Main’s practice. Anna is already involved with Lord Radchester who she would eventually go on to marry. Here he is played by Michael Elwyn but would be played by John Standing in later series.

Main is also having problems with Peter Findon, the articled clerk at the practice who prefers shopping with his wife to actually working.

As was the way in the first season Kate O’Mara was the star of the show as far as the TV Times was concerned giving her the cover and a three page feature inside despite her screen time on the episode amounting to less than five minutes. It’s also clear from her scenes with David that their relationship is not exactly on an even keel. In fact so much so that by the end of the episode Julia has changed the locks of their house and made it plain that their marriage is over.

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The strained relationship between David and Julia very much evident.

classic quotes
“you pay me for advice Charles, get Main.”

“you don’t pay him for owning the hammer, it’s knowing what to hit with it.” – Main to Arkwright on the highly expensive hiring of a top barrister.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 18 June 1969

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: John Frankau

Series: The Main Chance Season 1 Episode 1

John Stride as David Main
Kate O’Mara as Julia Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Courtenday
John Arnatt as Sidney Bulmer
Philip Bond as Peter Findon
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Liz Bamber as Priscilla Graves
Willoughby Goddard as Sir Ernest Lang
Robert Hartley as Frederick
Leslie Sands as Charles Arkwright
Frederick Danner as Tony Arkwright
David Lodge as Detective Chief Superintendent Guthrie
Arthur Hewlett as Sir Archibald Maclaren
Peter Halliday as John Smith
Michael Elwyn as Lord Radchester
Julian Grant as Detective Constable Sharp
Alfred Bell as Tobias Wheeler
John Atkinson as Magistrate
Joan Peart as Mrs Hume-Gilbert
George Innes as George Wilkinson
Martin Boddey as Jerome Culber
Alan Bird as Detective Sergeant Rafferty
Michael Atha as Pageboy



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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