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The Main Chance: The Next Great Train Robbery (ITV 12 July 1972)

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The Next Great Train Robbery was Anthony Bate’s second appearance in The Main Chance, here is playing businessman Tom Kelly who has trouble when he discovers that the house he is planning to sell is not actually owned by him. This leads into what is really the main story of the episode, his teenage son Michael is in serious trouble thanks to riding on trains without a ticket – compounding the issue is the fact that he is already on a good behavior bond from a previous theft offence. Main discovers that Michael’s real issue’s stem from the break up of his parent’s marriage.

Next Great Train RobberyMeanwhile there is a small but telling appearance from the always excellent Clifford Rose as solicitor Lewis Savage who seems to be quite interested in Margaret. Apart from a brief dalliance with Robin Ellis in season two episode A Man I Know To Be Innocent she hasn’t had too much to do actually and romance certainly hasn’t been on the agenda.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 12 July 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Marc Miller

Series: The Main Chance Series 3 Episode 6

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John Stride as David Main
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Anthony Bate as Tom Kelly
Rowena Cooper as Fiona Kelly
Roderic Noble as Michael Kelly
Joe Dunlop as Detective Constable Rigg
Clifford Rose as Lewis Savage
Malcolm Terris as Mr Page
David Garfield as Edward J. Brown
Ellis Dale as Ticket Collector
Nora Nicholson as Mrs Roach
Dorothy Allison as Chairman of Magistrates

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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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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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