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New Scotland Yard: Fire in a Honey Pot (ITV 10 June 1972)

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In Fire in a Honey Pot Kingdom investigates a series of fires that have happened at various betting shops and gambling clubs. Kingdom is convinced a local arsonist it to blame and even manages to get a confession out of him. Then with the man in the cells another club goes up in smoke and this time it leads to a death.

Much of the episode revolves around the goings on of Hazel and Jack Strode who run the Cloud Seven gambling club and are paying protection money to a local gangster. Hazel meanwhile has secretly been siphoning off some of the protection racket money to do a runner with one of the crooks.

Quite a strong episode, written by Bergerac creator Robert Banks Stewart. One of the real plus point of the series is the high calibre of writers contributing scripts. There is another nice nod to Kingdom’s flower obsession when he uses film of the Chelsea Flower Show to get a confession out of the arsonist.

This is the second episode of the season to not feature Kingdom’s oppo Alan Ward, instead the somewhat generic Detective Sergeant Gilson is on hand. Well known faces popping up include June Brown, Leslie Schofield as a reporter and Frank Mills as a fireman. Mills is one of those great unsung character players who pops up at least once in pretty much every show of the decade!

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 10 June 1972 at 7.00pm

Writer: Robert Banks Stewart / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Producer: Jack Williams / Director: Bryan Izzard

New Scotland Yard Season 1 Episode 8

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Robin Hawdon as Tony Logan
Veronica Hurst as Hazel Strode
Alan Curtis as Jack Strode
John Arthur Baron as Giles Strode
Ken Halliwell as Leach
Maurice Bush as Frank Gray
Huw Thomas as Newscaster
John Woodvine as John Kingdom
Peter Blythe as Detective Sergeant Gilson
John Crocker as Arthur Jones
Frank Mills as Barrett
John J. Carney as Ray Dunbar
Yasuko Nagazumi as Mikki
Leslie Schofield as Phillip Barkis
June Brown as Jean Strode

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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)

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In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

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James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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Within These Walls: Arrivals, Departures (ITV 28 Jan 1978, with Louise Hall-Taylor)

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