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Man At The Top: The Prime Of Life (ITV 11 Jan 1971, Katy Manning)

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There are problems at home in the fourth episode of the series The Prime of Life, Susan thinks their 15 year old son Harry might be up to mischief but it turns out he has a girl friend in the shape of pretty 18 year old Julia. When she meets Joe though she decides a relationship with a much older man might be in order. Joe of course is never one to look a gift horse in the mouth but what is serious for Julia is just a bit of fun for Joe.

A more family less business centered episode, Katy Manning looks gorgeous as Julia, who turns both Joe and Harry’s heads, the whole supporting cast is quite interesting with a minor role for a very young Michael Kitchen as Harry’s school friend Trevor and Mark McManus giving us one of his dodgy accents again as a cockney paramour of Julia’s.

There is also a fabulous scene where Joe, having just had his way with Julia makes it plain just how it is and why he won’t be seeing her again.

classic quote
“do you think I was born middle aged?”
“what I want is comforts, I want to see my wife and children everyday, you’re a bit of crumpet…. I’m going home”

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UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 11 January 1971

Writer: John Braine / Production Design: Stan Woodward, Patrick Downing / Director: James Gatward

Man At The Top Season One Episode Four

guest cast
KATY MANNING as Julia Dungarvon
MARK McMANUS as Dennis Rosslea
PETER BETON as Jerry Bodine
MICHAEL KITCHEN as Trevor
VERNA HARVEY as Mandy
DAVINA TAYLOR as Shirley
TERESA WHITE as Bank Cashier

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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.

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

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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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