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The Main Chance: The Lady Who Went Too Far (ITV 23 Nov 1970)



Joan Greenwood is her perfect imperious self in The Lady Who Went Too Far, she plays the wealthy Mrs Hilary Wenn who is none too happy about the fact that a new home build on land next to hers is spoiling her perfect view and wants David to act for her to get the building knocked down.

Mrs Wenn is a complete spoilt brat, she expects everyone to bend over backward to do her will and when it looks like Peter Findon (who doesn’t actually appear in the episode) has made a mistake in the initial investigation into whether Wenn actually has any grounds to get the house demolished she threatens to sue David if he doesn’t act for her.

It appears that part of the house has been built on her land (it has but only because Mrs Wenn moved the string marking out the groundworks so that she would have grounds. She then decides to get workmen in with a bulldozer and knocks down the house knosing full owners won’t be able to afford to sue her.

Mrs Wenn is actually a really despicable character with no redeeming features at all. Sarah sees through her immediately and wants David rid of her as soon as possible. He eventually is able to give her a piece of his mind but not before he has been at her beck and call for most of the episode.

Margaret meanwhile has a troublesome case of her own, her cousin Jeremy Upjohn has inherited a large some of money but seems rather keen on giving it away.

This week also saw the arrival of Main Chance spin-off Grady. There was a big feature in the TV Times which mentioned that the series was from the creator of the Main Chance but didn’t mention that the character had actually featured in the season one episode The Professional.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 23 November 1970 at 8.30pm

Writer: David Weir / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: John Frankau

Series: The Main Chance Season 2 Episode 11

John Stride as David Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Courtney
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
John Arnatt as Sydney Bulmer
Joan Greenwood as Mrs Hilary Wenn
Nicholas Pennell as Jeremy Upjohn
Felix Aylmer as Judge
David Blake Kelly as Irish Labourer



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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