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The Onedin Line: Blockade (BBC-1 21 Jan 1972)

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In Blockade the civil war in America is in full swing and James spots the chance to make a fortune running a unionist blockade to the embattled South.

The blockade is also affecting Britain too, valuable import/export trade is drying up closing down mills and leaving thousands hungry.

James, thanks to a wily pilot he hires at an exorbitant price, manages to make it through the blockade but hits trouble on the way back out when the pilot refuses to help them until things have calmed down somewhat. Stubborn James decides to take a chance anyway and gets captured.

Meanwhile Albert, now that he knows the truth about his child, has made up his mind to leave Elizabeth and travels with James to America only to change his mind when Anne gives him a letter from Elizabeth that makes him realise what he is giving up.

The ubiquitous Michael Sheard pops up as a wholesaler selling arms and goods to James to take to America, he looks almost unrecognisable with his lank black hair and straggly beard but the voice gives it away.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 21 January 1972 at 9.20pm

Writer: Allan Prior / Production Design: Ian Watson / Director: Ben Rea

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 15

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Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass asAnne
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Howard Lang as Mr Baines
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Willoughby Goddard as Ferns
Donald Douglas as Major Morrison
Jeremy Young as Fergusson
Graham Rigby as Mine Host
Michael Sheard as Smethurst
James Dyrenforth as Captain Bullock
Juliet Marshall as Jane Bamber
Nicholas Loukes as Crew member
Montgomery Brown as Bell
Sam Mansaray as Slave

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

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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

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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