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New Scotland Yard: Shadow of a Deadbeat (ITV 17 Nov 1972)

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In Shadow of a Deadbeat Kingdom and Ward investigate the murder of a down and out found dead in the basement of a block of flats. As the investigation continues the detectives discover links to ex-con Eddie Moffat freshly released from prison and with a score to settle on fellow criminal Lee Collins.

The opening scene establishes the walkout between Arthur and Daniel, the pair are dossing down in an abandoned, condemned house and after an argument over who gets the one bed that is in the place Arthur walks out – Arthur seeks refuge in the basement car park of a block of flats only to be shot dead by a figure in the shadows. Initially it looks like the dodgy caretaker may be the guilty party but it soon becomes apparent that the murder was a hit style killing gone wrong.

Sadly Arthur’s friend Daniel also dies, Kingdom discovers him after going to check up on him. He’d managed to get himself some five star brandy and it was apparently too much for him. it’s another example of Kingdom’s sympathetic nature too.

The condemned house opening really places the episode in it’s time. In the early seventies whole rows of terraced housing were being demolished in what is now seen as a misguided bid to replace slum housing with modern tower blocks.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 17 November 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Don Houghton / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Bryan Izzard

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 2 Episode 6

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John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
John Rees as Arthur Glynn
Richard Mathews as Daniel Pearce
David Webb as Mr Bronson
Paul Grist as Sgt Denver
Kenneth Gilbert as Police Surgeon
John Graham as Ashley
Alex Marshall as Denise Wright
Barbara Grant as W.P.C. Bascomb
Gil Sutherland as Joe Daly
Eric Allan as Lee Collins
Terence Mountain as Eddie Moffett

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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