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New Scotland Yard: Diamonds Are Never Forever (ITV 30 June 1973)

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In Diamonds Are Never Forever wealthy diamond merchant Elliot Ryan and his wife are robbed at home of £20,000 worth of gems. As far as Kingdom and Ward are concerned there is a distinct lack of evidence but Ryan’s wife Carlotta has been having an affair with a man called George Reed (unbeknownst to them the pair are also being kept tabs on by a mysterious photographer) who keeps rather too many secrets.

We know straight away that Reed and his accomplices are behind the robbery but there is a nice twist when Carlotta tells Reed that quite a bit of the jewellery taken was paste. When Carlotta receives incriminating photographers along with a blackmail note she is forced to tell Kingdom about her affair with Reed.

This was a second appearance on the show for Denise Buckley, she played Sgt Nora Burrows in season one episode The Banker but here plays the wife of victim Ryan.

New Scotland Yard Diamonds Are Never Forever

Michael Culver as George Reed and Susan Littler as his girlfriend Julie Moore.

Lots of familiar faces in this episode too, Michael Culver with dodgy moustache and a working class accent; Paul Shelley, Gerald Sim and the highly regarded Susan Littler best known for her role as Viv Nicholson in Play For Today Spend Spend Spend.

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“Sometimes it’s easy to miss the flaws because of the brilliance and cut of the stone.”

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 30 June 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Production Design: Roger Hall / Director: Oliver Horsbrugh

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 2

cast
John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Michael Culver as George Reed
Denise Buckley as Carlotta Ryan
Gerald Sim as Elliot Ryan
John White as Barry White
Paul Shelley as Kenny Aldridge
Susan Littler as Julie Moore

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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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