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The Main Chance: The Privilege of Justice (ITV 16 Jul 1969)



In The Privilege of Justice David puts his life on the line when he visits Havana, Cuba to try and win the freedom of a political prisoner. Main finds obstacles and downright lies hampering his every turn. Initially David thinks he has the law on his side (as well as a huge sum of money put up by the prisoners cousin to help secure his release) but quickly learns that his status as a solicitor means nothing and he might have trouble even getting out of the country.

Meanwhile back at home Margaret has a more traditional case to deal with, a woman has sold a TV set that she has yet to finish paying for. She is in serious financial straits and Margaret thinks a plea of mitigating circumstances may be the way to go.

Something of a strange episode, it’s more like an episode of an ITC show like Danger Man than an episode of The Main Chance. But it’s interesting that for perhaps the only time in the whole run of the series we see David out of his depth.

Despite the sweat running from Main’s brow this was all filmed in the Yorkshire TV studios of course.

Only David, Margaret and Peter Findon appear out of the regular cast.

classic quote
“freedom or a death warrant. You decide…”

“I realise this is not your idea of justice Mr Main, but let’s see how much you’ve understood that ours also is necessary.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 16 July 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Colin Pigott / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: The Main Chance Season 1 Episode 5

John Stride as David Main
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Philip Bond as Peter Findon
John Bennett as Raul Ramira
Alan Browning as Montero
Liz Bamber as Priscilla Graves
Raymond Young as Charles Benoit
Lesley Nunnerley as Rosa
Dorothy Gordon as Mary Cooper
Lane Meddick as Cooper
David Grey as Sanches
Athol Coats as Angel Saqui
David Trevana as Prison cook
Al Garcia as Porter
Sonny Caldinez as Jeep driver
Al Fleming as Chauffeur



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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