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New Scotland Yard: Crossfire (ITV 21 July 1973)

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In Crossfire Manuel, the son of Sebastian Barrios, ambassador to the South American banana republic of Guantala, is kidnapped. Kingdom and Ward are called in. Barrios is convinced that a rebel group currently known to be in the country are behind the kidnapping.

Things take an unexpected turn when his mother, Candida, goes behind everyone’s back and pays the ransom. Manuel is released but his story doesn’t quite add up especially when he tries to incriminate his mother’s lover – arms dealer Brett Ashley.

A change of pace episode really, although it was a topical one. Lots of small political cells were springing up in London in the early part of the decade and this channels into that.

Archetypal Yorkshireman Leslie Sands is South American ambassador Barrios not that his accent changes in any way! On the other hand Jonathan Newth (who was appearing in The Brothers around this time) gives us a very dodgy accent, part normal American and part South American and all wrong.

New Scotland Yard Crossfire

Jonathan Newth as the dodgy accented Brett Ashley. Tony Robbins as Candida.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 21 July 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Nicholas Palmer / Production Design: Michael Yates / Director: Paul Annett

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 5

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John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Tony Robbins as Candida Barrios
Leslie Sands as Sebastian Barrios
George Camiller as Receptionist
Jonathan Newth as Brett Ashley
Richard Dennis as Miguel Salvador
Michael Godfrey as Garcia Cabrera
Brian Nolan as Detective Constable Simms
Carmen Silvera as Olive
Nicholas Hoye as Manuel Barrios
Ellis Dale as Businessman
Richard Kane as Vincente Ubico

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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

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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