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The Onedin Line: Catch As Can (BBC-1 12 Nov 1971)



In Catch As Catch Can Callon is furious that Onedin has stolen another customer, Mr Watson, from him. Callon makes it plain to Watson that he will make life very difficult for him if he doesn’t use Callon’s ships for all his business.

The wily Albert Frazer is still keen on Elizabeth and persuades James (along with Anne and Elizabeth) to pay a visit to the new house he has inherited on the pretext that his vexatious Aunt, who is still in situ, will look more favourably on him if he has company. James agrees if Frazer agrees to repair the Charlotte Rhodes at super speed and at a cut price rate. As usual when Fogarty, who returns home from sea unexpectedly early, finds out what Elizabeth is up to he hits the roof and tracks her down. In a full on episode Anne also discovers that Elizabeth is definitely pregnant with Daniel Fogarty’s child.

Onedin Line Catch As Catch Can

Michael Billington as Daniel Fogarty. Don’t make him angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry…

James has more problems thanks to Callon when his rival arranges for Baines to be pressganged (which basically involves him being attacked and dragged on board) onto another ship. James needs to act quickly to save Baines.

What’s really nice about these early episodes is the relationship between James and Anne. Despite their marriage of convenience there is a genuine rapport between them and it is clear that love is growing in them both.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 12 November 1971 at 9.20pm

Writer: Alun Richards / Production Design: Jeremy Bear / Director: Peter Graham Scott

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 5

Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Edward Chapman as Callon
Clifford Cox as Mr Watson
James Warwick as Edmund Callon
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Mary Webster as Sarah
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Michael Billington as Daniel Fogarty
Howard Lang as Baines
Nicholas Brandon Brady as Captain
Michael Brennan as Bully Hayes
Alan Hockey as Pilot
Damaris Hayman as Aunt Letitia
Frank Littlewood as Pocock



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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