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The Onedin Line: The Wind Blows Free (BBC-1 15 Oct 1971)



In The Wind Blows Free James Onedin returns from sea determined to buy the Charlotte Rhodes from Captain Webster if only he can persuade him to sell at a fair price instead of the £650 guineas he wants.

James believes he can get the ship for less than £500 and has managed to save a hundred and seventy five pounds and wants his brother Robert, who has just inherited the family business following the death of their father, to put up the rest of the money. Robert isn’t at all keen.

James also believes he can also make his fortune transporting wine, even if it means going up against his old boss Callan.

Within the first ten minutes The Onedin Line has you hooked. James Onedin is a brilliant character and even when his brother turns him down you just know nothing is going to stand in his way to get his hands on the Charlotte Rhodes.

His offer of a £175 and a partnership is met with disdain by Captain Webster however his canny daughter Sarah has her own idea for a partnership – one that involves marriage. She’s just as strong a character as James that much is clear.

James also eventually persuades his Robert to become a partner in order to have his interests looked after whilst he is away at sea. Anne is furious but James is really looking after number one. It’s no real surprise that after the wedding Anne decides she will be joining James on their first voyage. Callan is desperate to stop James taking over the contract of wine merchant Braganza but there is no way he can beat Onedin’s price of free freight (in exchange for being made the sole agent for Braganza’s wine in the United Kingdom).

Philip Bond who plays Albert Frazer was fresh from second season of The Main Chance where he played a similarly smug and not overly likeable character. Much of this episode was a remake of the pilot episode with the same title that was seen in the Drama Playhouse series.

classic quote
“You have a warehouse senor?”
“I will have.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 15 October 1971

Writer: Cyril Abraham / Script Editor: Barry Thomas / Production Design: Oliver Bayldon / Director: William Slater

Series: The Onedin Line Season 1 Episode 1

Peter Gilmore as James
Anne Stallybrass as Anne
Brian Rawlinson as Robert
Jessica Benton as Elizabeth
Mary Webster as Sarah
Howard Lang as Baines
Philip Bond as Albert Frazer
Edward Chapman as Callon
James Hayter as Captain Webster
Cyril Shaps as Braganza
Maureen Nelson as Mrs Furlong
John Kidd as Agnew
Robert Gillespie as Drummond
Edward Dentith as Captain Davies
Declan Mulholland as Butcher
Reg Matthews as Clerk



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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