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Parkin’s Patch: Boys (ITV 25 Nov 1969)

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Boys is probably the stand out episode of Parkin’s Patch as a group of early teenage boys steal a car (belonging to the Dad of one of them) take it out, almost hit some one and think they have killed him. Determined to not give themselves up the boys go on the run but end up getting nabbed after trying to sell a transistor radio they have nicked.

The boys are a bunch of ratbags but have a real charm about them, they spend much of their time quoting from their favourite films and playing out scenes from them. The episode ends with Parkin allowing two of them a run out by a lake before taking them in and the two of them staging a re-enactment of the teach how me to dance scene from Zorba The Greek complete with musical from the film playing over the top.

The episode has a brilliant pedigree too with a script from Ian Kennedy Martin and Stephen Frears as director.

Parkin is the only regular cast member to appear.

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UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast 25 November 1969

Writer: Ian Kennedy Martin / Director: Stephen Frears

Series: Parkin’s Patch Episode Episode 11

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John Flanagan as Moss Parkin
Len Jones as Terry
David Hughes as John
Gary Ward as Don
Philip Allen as Albie
Harry Towb as Bennett
Charles Lamb as Evans
George A. Cooper as Boathouse Keeper
Ellis Dale as Pawnshop Proprietor
Valerie Dane as Bennett’s Girlfriend

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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.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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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

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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