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Man At The Top: Charity Begins At Home (ITV 14 Dec 1970)

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In Charity Begins at Home, the opening episode of the series, Joe is slowly settling into his new world in the heart of Surrey’s stockbroker belt but his agreeing to work for a charity organisation (he is having a fling with the MD’s wife) for free is creating big issues with his partner in Lampton & Soames. When Joe discovers that all is not well behind the scenes at the charity it promises to create big problems for everyone.

Opening with a fantastic internal monologue by Lampton as he sets the scene of his success and life so far as he drives around London in his luxury ‘motor’ (an Aston Martin DBS no less) before switching to Lampton in bed with his latest conquest this first episode sets out its stall perfectly. There is a nice dynamic put in place too, Joe’s wife Susan makes it plain that if he doesn’t stop his affair with Jonni she will leave him. It’s also made plain that Joe definitely does not want this as it Susan’s money (well that of her father anyway) that has helped get him where he is so far. He also shows his strengths when Jonni’s husband George discovers the two of them inflagrante.

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“isn’t your first duty to your wife and children…”

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UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 14 December 1970

Writer: John Braine / Production Design: Patrick Downing, Stan Woodward / Director: Dennis Vance

Series: Man At The Top Season 1 Episode 1

guest cast
ANN LYNN as Jonni Devon
DONALD HOUSTON as George Devon
SUSAN ENGEL as Laura Wilton
JULIE MARTIN as Maria Briar
DAVID HANSON as Stewart Briar
PETER BETON as Jerry Bodine
JOAN CRANE as Moira Darwin

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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

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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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