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The Onedin Line: Cry of the Blackbird (BBC-1 7 Jan 1972)

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In Cry of the Blackbird the Pampero is travelling to Australia with a cargo of passengers looking to start a new life. It’s a hard journey, still three weeks out five people have so far died on the voyage. Matters are made worse upon arrival in New South Wales too, the wool cargo that James needs for the return voyage has failed to materialise (it’s one of the worst wool seasons the new country has ever had).

Luckily the Reverend Amos McPherson turns up with an intriguing proposition. He wants James and Anne to transport a party of “natives” to a mission school in Queensland. Of course it’s not to long before we discover that the good reverend is not quite all he seems. He likes a drink and is discovered in a compromising position with one of his new charges.

Emma Callon, played by the gorgeous Pamela Salem, makes her first brief appearance here. She will have a major impact on the next season but at this stage it’s just an introduction. Season two will also see her being played by Jane Seymour. She is being seen off at the dock by Daniel Fogarty as she heads off to Ireland but it also gives Elizabeth, who just happens to be there, a chance to act a bit green eyed monster-ish.

There is some authentic Australiana too – Judy Nunn who makes a short appearance as a drunken woman outside a pub is better known for her long running role on Australian soap Home and Away and for her role on 1970’s Australian drama The Box. Writer Bruce Stewart although based in the UK was actually from New Zealand too.

Onedin Line Cry of the Blackbird

Australian actress Judy Nunn makes a small appearance as woman outside pub.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 7 January 1972

Writer: Bruce Stewart / Production Design: Jeremy Bear / Director: Gerald Blake

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 12

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Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Howard Lang as Mr Baines
Pamela Salem as Emma Callon
Michael Billington as Daniel Fogarty
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Judy Nunn as Woman outside pub
Brian Young as Gurney
Peter Jeffrey as Amos McPherson
Douglas Milvain as Hamway
Neil Kennedy as Roper
Tony Wright as Quennel
John Colcough as Joby
Clifton Jones as Eremasi
Sue Chaloner as Melua

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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.

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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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