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New Scotland Yard: We Do What We Can (ITV 29 Dec 1972)

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In We Do What We Can after the revelation in the last episode that he was taking his mum on holiday Ward reveals that he does have other women in his life announcing that he is leaving her to take a girl out on a date. Of course we quickly learn that Ward isn’t on a date at all but helping out old friend Jenny Macey (Ward used to lodge with the Macey family) whose husband Donald has been in prison. On his release though Ward had helped get him a job.

This leads us into the main thrust of the story, Donald is being put under pressure by tough Jimmy Sutton who wants to pull off a robbery at the company Macey works for. Ward and Kingdom persuade Macey to co-operate allowing the opportunity to set Sutton and his gang up but as is quite usual with the series events don’t play out as planned.

There’s another nice continuation from the previous episode The Money Game too as Ward meets up with his snout Freddie once again. There is also a subplot with Kingdom visiting an old lady who he thinks has been crying wolf about being burgled. She later commits suicide after another burglary this doesn’t really go anyway other than to show that the usually sympathetic Kingdom was on this occasion not caring enough.

New Scotland Yard We Do What We Can

Dennis Blanch as Detective Constable Thomas.

Dennis Blanch, who would go on to star in popular ITV crime drama Strangers, pops up here as a young detective constable.

Classic quote
Ward: “Don’t worry I’ve got friends in the police force.”
Kingdom: “Really. Who?.”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 29 December 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: John Reardon

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 2 Episode 11

cast
John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Robert Morris as Donald Macey
Stanley Lebor as Jimmy Sutton
Susan Glanville as Jenny Macey
Natalie Kent as Mrs Walton
Donald MacIver as P.C. Pilling
Dennis Blanch as D.C. Thomas
Frank Jarvis as Frank Machin
Peter Childs as Bertie Cronin
Michael Balfour as Freddy Larch
Ken Haward as P.C. Noble

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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.

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

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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