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The Main Chance: Not in Today’s Army (ITV 28 June 1972)

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In Not in Today’s Army Major Gardiner crosses swords with Lt Col Brant over matters of discipline – Gardiner favours a hard as nails approach whilst Brant believes a softer approach gets better results. After one run in too many Gardiner is court-martialed, He hires David to take his case for him.

Something of an untypical episode this, only David and Henry of the regular cast appear and the episode cuts between a group of soldiers and the court martial itself. There is also a slight sub-plot involving Henry and the closing of a factory.

A young James Hazledine and equally young Malcolm Tierney pop up in key roles here too. The Main Chance usually aired at 9.00pm but this episode went out at 10.30pm because the national final of Miss TV Times 1972 nabbed the 9.00pm slot.

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“an Army that works on fear and threats is no better than slavery.”

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UK / ITV-Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 28 June 1972 at 10.30pm

Writer: John Batt / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Marc Miller

The Main Chance Season 3 Episode 4

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Malcolm Tierney as Major Gardiner
James Hazledine as Staff Sergeant Timson
Lyndon Brook as Lt Col Brant
Peter Attard as Pte Pike
John Stride as David Main
Philip Newman as Edward Moss
Seymour Matthews as Adjutant
Edward Harvey as Inspector
Norman Shelley as Sefton Gardiner
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Philip Brack as Col Everett
Basil Henson as Brigadier
Leon Sinden as Judge

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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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