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The Organization: Rodney Spurling and Peter Frame (ITV 7 May 1972, with Jon Laurimore)

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In Rodney Spurling and Peter Frame the PR department is somewhat anxious about the impending visit by prominent psychologist Dr Ducker. The visit will be something akin to a time and motion study, it’s been set up by the Chairman.

The arrival of Dr Ducker doesn’t do a lot for Spurling’s confidence, especially as he has been chosen as the first person to be “studied.” Ducker’s tactic is to sit quietly in the office watching the goings on, something Rodney does not like at all. What Dr Ducker doesn’t know though is that the whole department, with the exception of Peter Frame who knows nothing about it, are playing a psychological game of their own.

The Organization Rodney Spurling and Peter Frame

Rodney Spurling can’t handle the presence of Dr Ducker.

Richard Pershore doesn’t seem to getting very far with the delectable Veronica so shifts his attention to Johnny’s secretary Heather instead. Although it has to be said there is a very free and easy approach to sex going on in the series. The men all kiss their secretaries at the least provocation and there is something of a La Ronde style vibe in general.

Excellent actor Jon Laurimore plays Johnny Watt, a so far unseen member of the PR department.

Easily the strongest episode of the series so far, equal screen time given to all the players and a cleverly structured plot.

The Organization Rodney Spurling and Peter Frame

The lovely Veronica (Elaine Taylor) is otherwise engaged when Pershore asks her out for dinner.

classic quotes
Eve: “What is your Christian name.”
Dr Ducker: “Theodore”
Eve: “I shall call you Dr Ducker”

“Peter you are the grain of sand without which there can be no pearl.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 7 May 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Philip Mackie / Production Design: Jane Martin / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: The Organization Episode 4 of 7

cast
Peter Egan as Richard Pershore
Donald Sinden as David Pulman
Elaine Taylor as Veronica
Jill Melford as Eve
Bernard Hepton as Rodney Spurling
Anton Rodgers as Peter Frame
Jo Kendall as Daphne
Gretchen Franklin as Edna
Beth Morris as Heather
Jon Laurimore as Johnny Watt
David Graham as Malcolm
Myra Frances as Lil
James Grout as Dr Ducker
Suzan Cameron as Pippa

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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

cast
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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