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The Onedin Line: A Very Important Passenger (17 Dec 1971)



In A Very Important Passenger James is persuaded to carry a top secret passenger to Italy. Sir George Pelham initially approaches Callon with the offer but thinking that carrying the secret passenger could well be dangerous he palms the man off on James.

Meanwhile Robert, having sold his shop to Callon to get out of debt, is putting the hard word of James to try and come up with the money to open another one. The trip, worth four hundred pounds, could well be the opportunity Robert needs.

Baines is taken sick and unable to travel forcing James to take on a mate and crew he doesn’t know. We quickly learn that some of the crew may not be all they seem to and may have designs on killing the passenger.

When it is clear that the life of the passenger is in danger he reveals who he is to James and Anne. It turns out he is Giuseppe Garibaldi (a real life famous Italian political figure who was determined to bring about a unified Italy.) Things come to a dangerous head when the crew take James prisoner.

By episodes end and a successful conclusion to the Garibaldi voyage Robert has made a down payment on a new shop but is none too pleased to learn that it will form part of a new Onedin company – Onedin Chandlery and he will only own 15% of it – still at least he does have 15% shares in the shipping and warehouse companies too!

Time has passed quite a bit since the previous episode too, a passing remark from Robert to Albert Frazer reveals that Elizabeth has had a baby boy luckily for her “he is growing more like his mother every day.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 December 1971 at 9.20pm

Writer: Roy Russell / Production Design: Oliver Bayldon / Director: Peter Cregeen

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 10

Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Edward Chapman as Callon
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
John Franklyn-Robbins as The passenger
John Line as Sir George Pelham
Alfred Bell as Alun Medcalf
Grahame Mallard as Carl Strang
Michael Menaugh as Manuel Santos
Billy Hamon as Jacky Clegg
Rollo Gamble as Rear Admiral Spinks



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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