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The Main Chance: The Killing Ground (ITV 7 June 1972)

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In season three opener The Killing Ground David gets involved when Hilary Nash’s husband, a farmer, is shot by hoodlum Sammy Cutforth. Meanwhile he is also surprised by the arrival of his former secretary turned lover – she left David and married Lord Radchester but now she is back and wants David to handle her divorce.

An interesting season opener, 18 month after the end of season two. David is glad to get involved with the plight of the Nash’s little knowing that he would be married to Hilary before the end of the season. The plot line involving Hilary’s husband eventually dying from his injuries is actually pretty weak – Main and Hilary’s father Harry persuades her not to even see before he dies because thats what he would have wanted – highly unlikely!

Jack Watson, who plays Harry Selby had previously appeared in the season two episode A Vision Of The Future playing a different character entirely and the young hoodlum is played by Robin Askwith. Morris Perry who Chief Supt Kellaway was married in real life to Margaret Ashcroft.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 7 June 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Alan Pickford / Director: John Frankau

Series: The Main Chance Season 3 Episode 1

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John Stride as David Main
Estelle Kohler as Hilary Nash
Anna Palk as Lady Sarah Radchester
Guy Slater as Richard Nash
Valerie Dane as Main’s Secretary
Robin Askwith as Sammy Cutforth
Paul Guess as Peter Cutforth
David Purcell as Les Parfitt
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Roy Purcell as Sergeant Watson
Jack Watson as Harry Selby
Morris Perry as Chief Supt Kellaway
Jack Woolgar as George Cutforth
Frederick Bartman as John Eldon
Michael Gwynn as 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

cast
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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