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Public Eye: Unlucky For Some (ITV 7 Apr 1975, with Julian Holloway)



In Unlucky For Some, the very last episode of Public Eye, Frank is asked by Ethel Waterfield, who runs a hotel with her son Keith, to look into the life of her new daughter-in-law Paula. She and Keith have only been married six months and when new guest Jeremy Fallows arrives Ethel is convinced that something is going on between him and Paula.

It’s clear there IS something going on but Frank is sure it’s more a case of blackmail than an affair. It turns out that Paula has been married before and her first husband died in mysterious circumstances – or did he?

There is a nice echo of earlier season 5 episode I Always Wanted A Swimming Pool when Frank, visiting an art gallery shop following up a lead, remarks that he is particularly interested in the works of Manton – this was the artist that was at the centre of that episode.

There was a small piece in the TV Times about it being the last episode of the series, it was clear that the intention at this point was to perhaps carry on. When asked if there were plans for any further episodes Alfred Burke said “No, but then there never are. They just happen.”

A good strong episode, classic Public Eye in fact, to end the series on and realistically after ten years it was probably the perfect time to end the series. As the decade moved into it’s second half it’s easy to imagine that times would have got even harder for Frank. Alfred Burke was superb as Frank!

Jennifer Daniel had appeared in Public Eye once before in season five opener A Mug Named Frank.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 7 April 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Norman Garwood / Director: Jonathan Alwyn

Series: Public Eye Season 7 Episode 13

Alfred Burke as Frank Marker
Julian Holloway as Jeremy Fallows
Jennifer Daniel as Paula Waterfield
Joyce Heron as Ethel Waterfield
John Quayle as Keith Waterfield
Gwyneth Powell as Clare
Christine Pollon as Olive Dale
Barrie Cookson as Mr Boland



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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