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The Onedin Line: High Price (BBC-1 5 Nov 1971)



In The High Price things are getting desperate for James, he now needs his own warehouse for storing Braganza’s empty casks. He has his eye on a building currently being used for rag sorting but first he must persuade the widowed Mrs Arkwright to rent it to him.

James offers to buy the warehouse for £200 but Mrs Arkwright wants £650. James wants Robert, who has something of a rapport with Arkwright’s companion Miss Simmonds, to use her to find out what will swing the deal with Mrs Arkwright. In the end Robert discovers that Mrs Arkwright is keen to return home to France if she can find a property – James has a plan. First though, to raise funds, he must persuade Robert to enter into a proper business partnership turning the Onedin Line into a Limited Company which will enable them to raise a loan on their assets.

Meanwhile Robert’s wife Sarah gives birth to their first child and Elizabeth following her “ultimatum” with Daniel Fogarty thinks she too may be pregnant. A scandalous turn of events if true leaving her very keen to get married as soon as possible.

As usual James gets his own way and there is cost to be paid, in this case Miss Simmonds (played by the lovely Hilda Braid, best known as for her role in Citizen Smith) who ends up working sorting rags. The warehouse/rag sorting scene are spoilt somewhat by the over playing of Nicolette Roeg as Ada, the woman in charge of sorting.

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Miss Simmonds and Robert.

There is always so much going on every episode, in a minor subplot throughout The High Price Anne’s father Captain Webster is spending up big having lent money by re-mortgaging his house (where Anne and James also live) – by the episodes end Callon has bought up the debt and has forclosed on the property. James announces that they will live at the warehouse until they get their own house!

classic quote
“Darjeeling Mr Onedin?”
“I prefer it”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 5 November 1971 at 9.20pm

Writer: Cyril Abraham / Production Design: Jeremy Bear / Director: Viktors Ritelis

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 4

Peter Gilmore as James
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Edward Chapman as Callon
Howard Lang as Baines
Chris Gannon as Irish immigrant
Kenneth Waller as Drayman
James Hayter as Captain Webster
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Nicolette Roeg as Ada Gamble
Mary Webster as Sarah Onedin
Heather Canning as Mrs Arkwright
Hilda Braid as Miss Simmonds
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Michael Billington as Daniel Fogarty
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Ann Tirard as Ethel
Pat Beckett as Midwife



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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