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The Onedin Line: Homecoming (BBC-1 3 Dec 1971, Bryan Marshall)



In Homecoming James has been away for three long months leaving Anne to set up their new home by herself. Anne is surprised when Michael Adams, who having been away for four years turns up. It’s clear that Adams and Anne have something of a history. James is not happy when he returns to discover Adams and Anne having dinner.

To get him away from Anne James employs Adams for the Charlotte Rhodes latest journey. Anne however has determined that she will be sailing on this voyage too.

There is a good appearance from the always dependable Bryan Marshall as Adams who once on board seems to be hiding something. He is – it turns out he believes he is a wanted man. Accused of murder of a fellow sailor on his first voyage. Thanks to fellow crewman George Bethel Adams learns that the  Captain entered the man’s death as an accident. It isn’t enough for Adams to know that he isn’t actually wanted he also wants Bethell to sign a document that says he and several other crew members were in fact responsible for the man’s death. Bethell of course will do no such thing and in the fight that ensues Bethell ends up swept overboard.

Onedin Line Homecoming

The changeable Elizabeth has decided that having married Albert Frazer she must tell him the truth that the baby she is carrying is not his but Daniel Fogarty’s. Thankfully for her she sees sense and in the end doesn’t say anything.

It’s good to see that James is genuinely jealous when Adams turns up on the scene too. The dynamic between Anne and James is truly excellent.

classic quote
“I said you deserved a better man than I. And you found him.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 3 December 1971 at 9.20pm

Writer: Barry Thomas / Production Design: Moira Tait / Director: Peter Cregeen

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 8

Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth Frazer
Howard Lang as Baines
Bryan Marshall as Michael Adams
Walter Sparrow as George Bethell
Gary Ward as Billy



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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