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The Nearly Man: Confrontation – July 1975 (ITV 2 Dec 1975, with Nigel Havers)

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In Confrontation Christopher and Alice have now spent two months apart but they are due to meet at a long standing tradition – a visit to a local primary school to judge a painting competition. Meanwhile Ron Hibbert and his activist group are now openly trying to oust Christopher from his constituency seat. Collinson decides to bite back in a revealing TV interview whilst at the school.

Hibbert confronts Collinson at the hotel where he is staying. Hibbert gives Christopher a heartfelt piece of his mind. A long, excellent speech criticising Christopher and his class and his privileged background. Collinson takes it all stony faced and walks away with a word about nothing being able to corrupt Hibbert’s immaculate prejudice. Superb stuff.

Later, alone in his hotel room with Alice, he tells her he wants her back. Alice though is still very withdrawn from him. The situation isn’t helped when Christopher then feels the need to tell her about Millie.

The school seen in the episode was Collyhurst Primary School in Manchester which just happened to be where director John Irvin’s daughter Emily attended.

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“You have survived here on looks, charm, eloquence, family image, it’s a bloody confidence trick because it’s all hidden your basic indifference to us. Yes, Chris the attack is personal.” – Ron Hibbert

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 2 December 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Arthur Hopcraft / Production Design: Eugene Ferguson / Director: John Irvin

Series: The Nearly Man Episode 5

cast
Tony Britton as Christopher Collinson
Ann Firbank as Alice Collinson
David Wilkinson as David Collinson
Ian McCulloch as Peter Richatrds
Wilfred Pickles as Bernard King
Michael Elphick as Ron Hibbert
Vernon Dobtcheff as Hugh
Nigel Havers as Clive
Rhoda Lewis as Elsie
Jon Morrison as Alan
Paul McDowell as Gordon
John Flanagan as Tony
Gerry Cowan as TV Director
Olga Canavan as Billy
Peter Firmani as Head waiter

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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

cast
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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