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New Scotland Yard: A Year To Kill (ITV 25 May 1974)



A Year To Kill, the final episode of New Scotland Yard sees the series end on a high note. A schoolmaster, Graham Pitman, has been found dead in the science laboratory. Dexter and Clay investigate but then two teenagers, Tommy and his girlfriend Jenny come forward claiming to be responsible for Pitman’s death.

Tommy is the first to come forward but it’s clear that neither Dexter or Clay believe he did it, especially as he has no actually knowledge of what happened. It’s then that Clay thinks Tommy is covering up for his girlfriend.

As events pan out Jenny reveals she was blackmailing Pitman so that she and Tommy can run away together and she actually killed him when she confronted him at the school. The funny thing Clay doesn’t believe her either and he is right not to as it’s clear she is thinks Tommy is the guilty party. The real person responsible is much closer to home for Jenny than she thinks.

Something of a rapid fire episode, there is a short glimpse of Clay at home arguing with his son Alec and then we are straight into the story. The two young leads playing teenagers Tommy and Jenny are excellent, very natural.

This fourth season, despite the change in cast has been excellent, shame it only ran to seven episodes really. Clay and Dexter’s dynamic has been really good too. Definitely more laid back and non-antagonistic than Kingdom and Ward. The episode finishes with Clay and Dexter having a fried breakfast cooked by Mrs Clay at the Clay family home.

classic quote
Jenny: He was an old man
Clay: He was fifty
Jenny: There you are then

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 25 May 1974 at 8.30pm

Writer: Stuart Douglass / Production Design: Andrew Gardner / Director: Philip Casson

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 4 Episode 7

Michael Turner as Clay
Clive Francis as Dexter
George Collis as Tommy Downs
Amber Thomas as Jenny Duggan
Tony Caunter as Mr Duggan
Dennis Tynsley as Mr Pitman
Leslie Noyes as Caretaker
Margaret John as Janet Clay
Ross Cooper as Alec Clay
Alan Bennion as Pathologist
Peter Dennis as Detective Inspector Roberts
John McKelvey as Mr Docherty
Auriol Smith as Alice Devlin
Mary Chester as Mrs Downs



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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