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The Onedin Line: The Hard Case (BBC-1 17 Sep 1972, Jane Seymour)

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In The Hard Case, the opening episode of the second season, after floating his company to build a steam ship with Albert Frazer, James has lost control of The Onedin Line to the scheming Callon. He needs to raise some money quickly to try and gain the 6% of the shares he needs to gain back control. James charters a new boat The Star of Bethlehem to raise money on a quick trip to The West Indies but malcontent crewman Jessop, who has a grudge against the Onedin Line, is soon causing trouble.

Trouble flares when Callon’s warehouse catches fire with Albert, Callon and his son still trapped inside. James manages to rescue Albert but Callon and his son perish (offscreen) in the blaze. An excellent opening episode to the season, the fire is a reasonably big budget affair and it opens the door for the arrival of Emma Callon (now played by Jane Seymour in place of Pamela Salem) who inherits the business.

Onedin Line The Hard Case

Godfrey James as agitator Jessop, he holds a major grievance against the Onedin Line over the loss of life on The Pampero when it sank around the Cape. Baines doesn’t want to hire him for the trip to The West Indies but there is no one else suitable and James okays it. Jessop sees it as an opportunity to spread dissension.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 17 September 1972 at 7.25pm

Writer: Cyril Abraham / Production Design: Oliver Bayldon / Director: Peter Graham Scott

Series: The Onedin Line Season 2 Episode 1

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Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Philip Bond as Albert
Howard Lang as Baines
Nigel Lambert as Tranter
James Hayter as Captain Webster
Michael Billington as Fogarty
Godfrey James as Jessop
Thomas Heathcote as Fletcher
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Mary Webster as Sarah
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Jane Seymour as Emma Callon
Jenny Laird as Ellen Jessop
Peter Childs as Clay

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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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