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The Main Chance: No Names (ITV 22 May 1975)

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In No Names Margaret persuades David to look into a case involving a wine company (of which Henry is a major shareholder) that may be being dishonest about the provenance of the wine they are selling.

Meanwhile Walter Clegg finds his own case when his sister and her family are the target of a group of estate tearaways. Things take a more serious turn when the boyfriend of his Denise’s young friend Linda takes matters into his own hands and is charged with assault.

A nice glimpse into Clegg’s private life in this episode, his sister and two young friends provide the main thrust of the plot.

The always dependable Gillian Raine plays Clegg’s sister Denise, probably best known for being married to Leonard Rossiter, Raine was never a major player but more a solid character player.

There was a 10 minute delay to the usual start time of 9.00pm thanks to a broadcast by the National Referendum Campaign as Britain geared up to vote on joining the European Economic Community. This broadcast looked at the No vote.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 23 May 1975 at 9.10pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 6

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John Stride as David Main
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Gillian Raine as Denise Clegg
Alison Hughes as Linda Mason
David Lincoln as Brian Ford
Peter Sandles as Terry
Martin Flynn as Keith
Anthony Sharp as Sir Martin Fulford
John Hartley as P.C. Lever
Eric Mason as Lorry Driver
Donald Douglas as Philip Betton
Brian Hawksley as Chairman of Magistrates’ Court
Sylvia Barter as Chairman of Juvenile Court

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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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