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New Scotland Yard: Monopoly (ITV 1 Sep 1973)



In Monopoly, next door neighbours the Greshams and the Preeces are having a game of Monopoly after having dinner together. During the game Sidney Preece is shot through the window by an unknown assailant.

A strong episode, there is a heat wave going on that lends an oppressive air to proceedings. Prior to the shooting, which we don’t actually see, Preece had been behaving in a very obnoxious manner and we only really have the word of the Greshams and Pamela Preece that that is what really happened.

There is also one of the rare glimpses into Kingdom’s personal life, he is at home with his wife, who is feeling pretty bored and desultory with things, when the case is called in. Then it turns out one of the chief witnesses is Paddy Cordell, who lives opposite and is a former girlfriend of Kingdoms. Kingdom is actually going through some crisis of confidence in this episode, he lets Ward walk all over him and deliberately causes a fight with his wife.

New Scotland Yard Monopoly

The heat wave sees everyone reduced to shirtsleeves – everyone but Ward that is.

That weeks TV Times had a two page feature on the show but it was for the following weeks episode Rogue’s Gallery rather than this one.

classic quote
“I live in a street just like this, full of men who scrub their cars every Sunday. Who fight like tigers to keep up a front. Pushing fifty in place of living. They look around one day and realise it’s a false front. Young men all around them waiting to jump into their places. The desk job, retirement, pension. What’s it all been for. One day they throw themselves under a train, or they see a glimpse of paradise and cut out. Take the trip. Start a new life.”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 1 September 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: Stuart Douglass / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Cyril Coke

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 11

John Woodvine as John Kingdom
John Carlisle as Alan Ward
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Andrew Gresham
Marion Mathie as Betty Gresham
Peter Birrel as Sidney Preece
Susan Tracy as Pamela Preece
Sally Home as Angela Kingdom
Malcolm Terris as Detective Inspector Humphreys
Colin Rix as Detective Sergeant Bates
Petra Davies as Paddy Cordell
Joe Ritchie as George Summers
John Gatrell as Mr Aske



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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




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.

classic quote
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

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




Hazell Gets The Boot

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.

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

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

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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