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New Scotland Yard: Exchange Is No Robbery (ITV 4 Aug 1974)

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In Exchange is No Robbery Kingdom and Ward are investigating a major bank raid. The case though is pretty much secondary to the spiky relationship between Kingdom and Chief Superintendent Piggott, brought in from regional crime squad to help on the case. The pair have known each other since training school and have never liked each other. Ward is sure that Piggott has designs on Kingdom’s job. With good reason – throughout the episode Piggott (played by the stalwart Peter Jeffrey) does his best to scupper Kingdom’s progress with the case.

Meanwhile one of the chief suspects, businessman Peter Royle, is determined to “fit up” Kingdom and Ward and arranges for Ward’s snout, the excellently named”Taters”, to plant false information that the money from the raid is in his safe. When the duo pays them a visit he secretly records the conversation to make it look like they were taking money with menaces. Even though the resulting tape is clearly fake it gives Piggott more fuel to try and get Kingdom out of the way.

Peter Jeffrey was one of the decades most reliable character actors, he appears in most of the big shows of the era, everything from The Onedin Line to The Main Chance to Survivors and all shades in between and never puts a foot wrong. Here he is excellent as Piggott who takes great delight in reporting to his superior Commander Connor about Kingdom every chance he gets. Luckily for Kingdom Connor knows exactly what Piggott is up to.

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Mark Eden as crooked businessman Peter Royal laying a trap for Kingdom and Ward.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1x50minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 4 August 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: Peter Hill / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Bill Turner

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 7

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John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Harold Innocent as Justin Toller
Brian Hall as Alfie
Peter Jeffrey as Chief Supt Piggott
Michael Byrne as Detective Sergeant Patten
Mark Eden as Peter Royal
Charles Morgan as Commander Connor
Brian Hayes as “Taters”
Nicola White as Janet
Desmond Stoke as Solicitor
Brian Lawson as Chief Inspector Downey

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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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