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The Main Chance: Liar’s Dice (ITV 9 Jul 1969)



In Liar’s Dice businessman Godffrey Allen sues David for £40,000 claiming gross negligence after his business starts to fail.

Allen had hired Main to complete the legal work on the purchase of a company that ended up going bankrupt – David did rush through the paperwork but Main tried to persuade Allen not to go through with the deal. Unfortunately he doesn’t have anything in writing and it looks like Allen may have a case.

Naturally enough David is not at all happy, he hates people trying to take advantage, not that anyone usually gets the chance of course. He is determined to clear his name, whatever it takes.

In a chat he has with Margaret we learn that Peter Findon used to be a barrister rather than an articled clerk but he doesn’t say why. This is easily Findon’s most sympathetic performance in the whole series. Actually willing to help rather going his own way.

In Edmund Ward’s novel based on the series we do learn that Findon was suspended for the comparatively minor lapse of priming a witness whilst a case was in progress. He’d decided to then become a solicitor and Main liked having him on the team because he still had access to the somewhat closed of barristers.

Main Chance Liar's Dice

The TV Times again featured Kate O’Mara in a prominent two page fashion shoot (taken from when they took her to Ireland earlier in the year). Once again O’Mara only has five minutes of screen time.

Soon to be Doomwatch heartthrob Simon Oates plays the nasty Godfrey Allen.

classic quotes
“I intend to fight this case and I intend to win. I expect there to be blood all over the court room and I assure it will be Godfrey Allen’s not mine.”

“I’m now going to walk all over him until my feet get tired. Then I’m going to take a small rest and walk all over him again.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 9 July 1969 at 9.10pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: The Main Chance Season 1 Episode 4

John Stride as David Main
Kate O’Mara as Julia Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Courtenay
Philip Bond as Peter Findon
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Liz Bamber as Priscilla Graves
Aubrey Morris as Elbert Cheever
Aimee Delamain as Alice Greensmith
Simon Oates as Godfrey Allen
David Morrell as Ian Stewart
Dervis Ward as George Bristow
Geoffrey Chater as Roger Chapman
Arthur Brough as County Court Judge
Edward Harvey as Barrister
Antony Baird as Watchman



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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