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Man At The Top: Winners Are Losers (ITV 21 Aug 1972)

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In the penultimate episode of the whole Man At The Top series Winners Are Losers Charlie Armitage is going great guns as Joe’s parlimentary agent whirling Joe into a whole round of promotional opportunities, interviews, trips to Warley to open working mens clubs and appearances on TV. It looks like Joe is a shoe-in to become MP for the region. The only problem is Joe has picked up the threads of his relationship with Dr Helen Reid and thinks he might even be in love with her. If he wants to become chairman of Hudson Industries and an MP he has a difficult decision to make.

Fantastic episode full of fantastic dialogue (“I put you in the chair in the first place and I’ve been washing your nappies every day since”) and another typically brilliant performance from Haigh. He has this perfect ability to express world weariness despite everything going so well for him. Joe has risen so far within Hudson Industries that he even has his own pied a tierre in London complete with Butler.

Zena Walker doesn’t appear in this episode (she is missing from much of this second series in fact) and it is made plainly obvious that she and Joe are now living pretty much seperate lives.

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“Don’t tell me don’t Charlie”

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UK | ITV Network – Thames

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 21 August 1972

WRITERS: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley | DIRECTOR: Derek Bennett

Man At The Top Season 2 Episode 12

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KENNETH HAIGH as Joe Lampton
JANET KEY as Dr Helen Reid
PAUL MAXWELL as Donald Hudson
COLIN WELLAND as Charlie Armitage
JOHN McKELVEY as Billy Sutcliffe
GARY WALDHORN as Television Instructor
RAYMOND MASON as Whittaker
ROBIN PARKINSON as Public Relations Man
CAROL BALL, SUZAN MORRALL as Dancers

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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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