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New Scotland Yard: Hard Contract (ITV 20 May 1972)

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In Hard Contract Kingdom has a double murder on his hands, different locations and with no apparent link between the victims other than the fact that the same gun was used on both victims. Then a third shooting happens…

A bit of a weird vibe hangs over this episode, no surprise really giving that the script is by Philip “Gangsters” Martin who pretty much specialised in this type of thing. There is also a strong guest appearance from Patrick O’Connell, best known for his role as Ted in The Brothers but here playing a sinister hit-man.

Inspector Ward doesn’t appear in this episode, Windsor Davies instead takes a role as Det Sgt Hadley.

This episode was broadcast at a slightly later than usual time of 8.30pm thanks to an England v Wales international football match being shown (it wasn’t live having been played that afternoon, England won 3-0.)

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 20 May 1972 at 8.30pm

Writer: Philip Martin / Production Design: John Clements / Director: Paul Annett

New Scotland Yard Season 1 Episode 5

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John Woodvine as John Kingdom
Windsor Davies as Det Sgt Hadley
Michael Ripper as Peter Gould
Patrick O’Connell as George Rennell
Rosemary Dunham as Nora Gould
Barry Warren as Harry Carson
Julie Samuel as Erika James
Peter Miles as Barman
Roy Boyd as Colly Yates
Bartlett Mullins as Hall porter
David Sadgrove as Derek Smales

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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

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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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