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The Main Chance: One For The House (ITV 23 Aug 1972)



In One For The House David agrees to help Warren Iveson launch a take-over bid on the brewery owned by his father-in-law but a stop at nothing businessman, Neville Carson, also wants the brewery. Main wants a massive £30,000 if the bid is successful – just the amount he needs to put towards the mortgage on the new £70,000 house Hilary wants them to buy. Things get a little murky when David puts £15,000 of his own money on the line too.

Interestingly Warren is the chap who was cited in Sarah’s divorce from Lord Radchester and she is very quick to jump back into bed with him again.

Anna Palk featured in the TV Times for this week’s episode saying how playing Lady Radchester, rather than just David’s secretary offered her more fun. She said of the sailing footage “swanning again, two hours to film the scene and four to bring the boat back. Sailing against the wind is slow. But it made a lovely day.” The whole scene lasted only a couple of minutes and mostly served as an opportunity to get the lovely Anna Palk in a bikini.

One For The House

Anna Palk as Lady Radchester takes to the water for an assignation with Warren Iveson.

classic quote
“You’re so bloody cool, what does it take it to make you angry.”
“Something important.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 23 August 1972

Writer: John Batt / Production Design: Alan Pickford / Director: John Frankau

The Main Chance Season 3 Episode 12

John Stride as David Main
Estelle Kohler as Hilary Main
Anna Palk as Sarah Radchester
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Michael Gough as Sir George Andrews
Peter Williams as Edward Stainer
Mark Burns as Warren Iveson
Alister Williamson as Tom Maxwell
Shirley Dixon as Sally Howard
David Butler as Peter McWilliam
Peter Birrel as Michael Coburn
Gillian Hawser as Lady Annabel Andrews
Valerie Dane as Main’s secretary



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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