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Man At The Top: …A Bit Of Spare, Nothing Else (ITV 15 Feb 1971, Katy Manning)

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In …A Bit of Spare, Nothing Else Joe has made his bed (by walking out on his marriage and his business) and is now having to lie in it. Joe, whilst trying to get a job with an old friend, meets up with the much younger Julia and quickly settles into cosy domesticity with her but is finding difficult to be taken seriously in the business world now that he has burnt his bridges with Abe. In the end it is Julia, who is now quite player who is able to help him move forward.

This is your classic middle aged man cuts himself adrift and then finds things are not as rosy as he thought they would be scenario. Lampton is reduced to scrabbling around former assocaites looking for work and not finding it easy. Mark McManus is supposed to be the same age as Julia but looks a heck of a lot older, his “London” accent is a real treat though. And of course there is Katy Manning in her underwear…

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“Now then, you’re an educated man Mr Jackson, am I right in thinking there are two L’s in Bollocks…”

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UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 15 February 1971

Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley / Production Design: Peter Le Page, Patrick Downing / Director: Bill Bain

Man At The Top Season One Episode Nine

guest cast
KATY MANNING as Julia
RAY SMITH as Charlie Armstrong
CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN as Mr Fisher
PATRICIA FULLER as Janet
MARK McMANUS as Dennis
RAYMOND YOUNG as Phillip Barratt
FRANCIS GHENT as Mr Jackson
NIKOLAS SIMMONDS as Tony
MICHAEL BICKFORD as Michael
CAROLYN WYLDE as Alison

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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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