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The Main Chance: Year of the Tiger (ITV 4 July 1975, Peter Gilmore)



In Year of the Tiger Laura is back and has £600,000 that she wants to invest and wants advice from David and fellow solicitor Andrew Redford. Laura is something of a conduit for the possible working relationship between himself and Redford.

Redford, whose practice is based in Shelborough, has handed David a case handling the divorce of a lady called Alison Murray who has grown estranged from her husband Tony. There is a fabulous five minute monologue from actress Phyllida Law as she drinks a glass of wine and records her thoughts on her marriage to help Main build his case.

Peter Gilmore makes his second appearance in the series (having appeared in season 2’s Vision of the Future where he played an architect). Gilmore had become a massive star thanks to his starring role in The Onedin Line but the series was taking a substantial break at this time. He is an import/exporter specialising in tractors, Alison wants half of every thing he has and is convinced that he has at least £30,000 in undeclared cash stashed away.

David is still having trouble getting Walter off the hook, he has him temporarily working for private detective Peter Jarratt. At least until the appeal hearing – represented by Redford a strong case is made for Walter’s sentence to be quashed but it is only with an undertaking from Main to never employ Walter that the head of the tribunal agrees to the quashing. Where this actually leaves Walter remains to be seen.

Incidentally despite persuading Inge into his bed and into his employ last week she doesn’t appear at all in this episode which leaves the way open for Laura to make her move.


There were a couple of interesting snippets in the TV Times tying in with this week’s episode too. One a short piece about Glynn Edwards spending the summer with his family at a nudist camp in France! There was also a two page colour spread featuring John Stride trying out some trendy clothing. In the article he reveals that designer Peter Young and Stride’s wife April chose his clothes for the series for him.

Year of the Tiger

classic quote
“I know you’re over worked but for future reference I never use the US cavalry. I have a well deserved reputation for looking after myself.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 4 July 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Howard Dawson / Director: Michael Ferguson

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 11

John Stride as David Main
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Ingrid Hafner as Laura Granton
Gary Bond as Andrew Redford
Denis Lill as Stephen Howard
Frederick Jaeger as Peter Jarratt
Phyllida Law as Alison Murray
Peter Gilmore as Tom Murray
Peter Ellis as Towers
Arnold Diamond as Trinbunal Chairman



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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