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Man At The Top: Change Partners (ITV 8 Feb 1971)

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In Change Partners Joe is just about to leave for New York to finalise a major merger that could set him up for life when he gets news that the Auntie, who raised him as her own child and he called Mam, has died. He heads back to Leeds to make arrangements for the funeral, he meets former flame Jonni at the airport and is surprised when she turns up in Leeds to “comfort” him. To add to his troubles his partner Teddy Soames, who is already in New York is plotting behind his back to cut him out of the deal.

A return to home for Joe makes him realise a few things and the chance to get one over on Teddy and finally Abe proves too good an opportunity to miss even if it means turning his back on everything he has made so far.

A real slow burner but stunning in the end, a fabulous last third sees Joe make a few major decisions which more than likely spells the end of his marriage. A fabulous last scene with grubby pound notes flying everywhere and Joe walking out with two fingers raised is superb and not forgotten in a hurry.

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“that’s what you are, you’re a cloth capped yobbo”

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UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 8 February 1971

Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley / Production Design: Bernard Spencer / Director: Piers Haggard

Man At The Top Season One Episode Eight

guest cast
ANN LYNN as Jonni Devon
MARJORIE RHODES as Sarah Ramsden
MARK DIGNAM as Abe Brown
ANGUS MACKAY as Charles Knowsley
ANTHONY SAGAR as Pub Customer
CLIFFORD COX as Pub Landlord

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

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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.

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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

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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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