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Public Eye: Mrs Podmore’s Cat (ITV 6 Dec 1972, with Jean Kent)

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Definitely one of Frank’s stranger cases in Mrs Podmore’s Cat when the somewhat eccentric Mrs Podmore persuades him to house sit her cat for a week whilst she is away at a health farm. Obviously it’s not the sort of thing he would normally do but the money will be handy especially as the phone has just been cut off because he hasn’t paid the bill.

Unfortunately it’s not quite the leisurely holiday Frank anticipates thanks to the arrival of a friend of Mrs Podmore’s, the very dodgy Major Thursby-Byers, and the disgruntled girlfriend of Mrs Podmore’s toyboy Ronnie. To make matters worse to miniature paintings then go missing.

Percy Firbank joins forces with Frank to investigate, the main suspect is the dodgy Major but the paintings are then found in Ronnie’s possession. When she finds out Mrs Podmore makes it plain that she gave Ronnie the paintings, clearly not wanting him to get in trouble and jeopardise their relationship. The funny thing is, Ronnie didn’t take the paintings, it is obvious the paintings were planted on Ronnie by the Major in a clear attempt to ruin things for him with Mrs Podmore.

After the business with the Doctor in Many A Slip and the heart to heart between the two of them it seems like the friendship between Inspector Firbank and Frank has mellowed out considerably.

Nell makes her first appearance of the season in this episode and Mrs Podmore is played by 1940’s star of British Cinema Jean Kent.

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UK / ITV -Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 6 December 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Allan Cameron / Director: Bill Bain

Series: Public Eye Season 6 Episode 4

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Alfred Burke as Frank Marker
Ray Smith as Firbank
Brenda Cavendish as Nell Holdsworth
Jean Kent as Mrs Podmore
Magda Miller as Maggie
Tommy Boyle as Ronnie Baker
Dudley Foster as Major Thursby-Byers
Cheryl Hall as Beryl Taylor
Jeremy Higgins as Alfredo

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

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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