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The Main Chance: Where There’s No Law (ITV 27 June 1975)



In Where There’s No Law David is now officially able to practice as a solicitor but Henry is not willing to have him rejoin the Leeds practice, the more practical Margaret is but says it will cost him £30,000 to make up for the business lost thanks to his court case. Also unfortunately for Walter now that Main is reinstated he will no longer be legally able to work for him. Unless his own appeal works.

Main’s old private inquiry agent Peter Jarrett brings him his first case, a father, Gerry Baxter, who is convinced his 16 year old daughter is taking drugs. Luckily for Main it turns out Clegg is the font of all knowledge when it comes to drug info but then events take a turn for the disastrous though when the girl takes a fatal overdose and Baxter takes matters into his own hands.

Now that David is back in solicitor situ so are Henry and Margaret (the pair have barely appeared so far this season) who are dealing with a case involving a businessman who may need to sell out when he is unable to receive the financing for the expansion he needs – it’s all a bit of a hook though for Margaret to persuade Henry of the virtues of David.

There’s a nice moment when Inge turns up announced en-route to New York (David wants her to stay) only for she and David to have cold water poured on their assignation by the arrival of Henry who has missed the last train back to Leeds. Naturally given that she and David are pretty keen on each other she makes the decision to stick around.

Clegg’s appeal fails and must cease employment immediately, Main makes it clear though that he will be back working for him in a matter of weeks – to ease the pain he gives Walter two plane tickets and a slice of holiday pay.

classic quote
“it sounds personal but it’s only the groan of a rusty typewriter.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 27 June 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Batt / Production Design: Howard Dawson / Director: Michael Ferguson

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 10

John Stride as David Main
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Michael Robbins as Gerry Baxter
Prue Clark as Rachel Baxter
Yvonne Sommeling as Receptionist
Nigel Stock as George Fisher
Sharon Mughan as Inge Lindstrom
Frederick Jaegar as Peter Jarratt
Brian Hall as Sammy Beddowes
Norman Scace as Magistrate
Fred Gaunt as Prosecuting Barrister



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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