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Man At The Top: The Foreman’s Job At Last (ITV 4 Sep 1972, Stephanie Beacham)

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The Foreman’s Job At Last  is the final episode of the whole series of Man At The Top. Joe is gearing up for the upcoming election in Warley, backed by his boss Lord Belmont and his father Abe Brown he is definitely a sure thing but when his beloved Uncle dies and his parliamentary team want to capitalise on it by holding a memorial service and high profile funeral for the old man Joe begins to realise that he is trapped. Susan is acting the dutiful wife for the promotional aspects of his running for parliament but she makes it clear to Joe that their marriage is completely over. Tired of all the games Joe makes a spur of the moment decision to tell it like it really is at his Uncle’s memorial….

Superb stuff with a brilliant ending that proves once again that Joe is absolutely his own man. He might be being given everything to him on a plate but the death of his uncle makes him realise he has completely lost his self respect. It also left things open enough for a third series but of course that didn’t happen, the events of the movie that appeared the following year though do follow on vaguely from this.

As well as the gorgeous Stephanie Beacham there is a guest appearance future cast member of The Brothers in the shape of Richard Easton who would go on to play one of the chief roles in that series as Brian Hammond. Here he plays a wealthy investment banker.

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“Don’t vote for me”

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UK | ITV Network – Thames

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 4 September 1972

WRITERS: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley | DIRECTOR: Mike Vardy

Man At The Top Season 2 Episode 13

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KENNETH HAIGH as Joe Lampton
ZENA WALKER as Susan Lampton
PAUL HARDWICK as Abe Brown
AVICE LANDON as Mrs Brown
RICHARD VERNON as Lord Belmont
STEPHANIE BEACHAM as Paula Fraser
PHILIP STONE as Arthur Stapleton
JOHN McKELVEY as Billy Sutcliffe
RICHARD EASTON as Pemberton
ROY BARRACLOUGH as Reporter

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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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