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The Main Chance: Love’s Old Sweet Song (ITV 14 June 1972, Anna Palk)

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In Love’s Old Sweet Song David’s former secretary Sarah is divorcing her husband Lord Radchester and David is acting for her. Lord Radchester will stop at nothing to get the terms he wants whilst David’s new private enquiry agent Walter Clegg finds himself a little out of his depth on his first case for David. A lack of honesty from Sarah and a possible threat against Lord Radchester’s own inquiry agent Major Donovan could spell definite trouble for both Clegg and more decisively for Main himself.

Another strong episode that sees David once again finding his career on the line, some quick thinking manoeuvring gets him out of trouble and gives Sarah what she wants. There is a secondary plot involving Hilary Nash whose husband died in the first episode of the season. Hilary and her father Harry are having trouble paying off the death duties accrued from the death of her husband and Henry and Margaret are doing their best to help them raise the capital needed. By the end of this episode it’s clear that Hilary is going to be David’s new love interest. Jack Watson who plays Hilary’s father Harry had been in the series previously – in season two episode A Vision of the Future playing a wealthy businessman opposed to a development scheme. This is something that the series does a little bit too often, actors popping up again in different roles, A Vision of the Future also featured Peter Gilmore as an architect, he’d also appear in a different role in season four episode Year of the Tiger.

This episode also marks the first appearance of Walter Clegg taking over from Sidney Bulmer who has emigrated to Australia to be with his grandkids.

Incidentally the time line seems to be a little out in this episode too. David remarks to Sarah that she married Lord Radchester in 1968 and the marriage broke down after 18 months. Odd given that Sarah worked for David for four years and had an affair with him for most of season two (made in 1970) before announcing in the closing episodes of that season that she was marrying Radchester. A clear faux pa from those involved with the show but probably done as an attempt to make Sarah’s marriage to Radchester seem longer.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 14 June 1972 at 9.00pm

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

The Main Chance Season 3 Episode 2

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John Stride as David Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Radchester
John Standing as Lord Radchester
Timothy Carlton as Purcell Browne
Robert Keegan as Bradshaw
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
George Baker as Major Donovan
Estelle Kohler as Hilary Nash
Jack Watson as Harry Selby
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Valerie Dane as Main’s Secretary

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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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