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New Scotland Yard: Where’s Harry (ITV 23 June 1973)



An exciting shot on film opening as a group of crooks break a dangerous criminal out of jail sees Where’s Harry get the third season of the show off to a great start. “Mad Harry” Logan is a vicious killer but definitely not the sharpest pencil in the box and Kingdom and Ward can’t work out just why somebody would want to break him out.

Kingdom finds himself at loggerheads with Detective Inspector Mayer who is convinced a villain called Micky Green is behind the escape, Kingdom agrees but thinks they need to put evidence above personal animosity. Things end badly for both Mayer and Logan when Mayer discovers where the villain is hiding and pays him a visit.

Tony Hoare who wrote this episode (as well as the season two finale 6 months earlier) always wrote villains very well and despite some overdone bits from Derek Newark as Mad Harry there is some nice interplay between him and the barmaid, Sharron played by Gay Singleton (star of cult flick Permissive), who is given the job of looking after Harry whilst he is in hiding.

Speaking in the TV Times (23 June 1973) in a short promo piece for the beginning of the third season Jack Williams said that both Kingdom and Ward are happier and more settled this season – Ward especially, he’s even got new softer shaped glasses. Williams said “people have got to get worse of better, and Ward’s getting better. He might even have some success with the girls.”

This season went back to a Saturday night slot albeit a bit later at 8.30pm.

New Scotland Yard Where's Harry

Derek Newark as Mad Harry and Gay Singleton as Sharron.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television /1×50 minute / Broadcast Saturday 23 June 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Production Design: Andrew Drummond / Director: John Reardon

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 1

John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Christopher Sandford as Ronnie James
Derek Newark as Harry Logan
Barry Jackson as Micky Green
Gay Singleton as Sharron Denton
Geoffrey Hinsliff as Kenny Hall
Anthony Langdon as Detective Inspector Mayer
Bill Treacher as Jack Rooney
Richard Vanstone as Detective Sergeant Bolan
Matthew Robinson as Police Constable



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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