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Rock Follies: The Talking Pictures (ITV 16 Mar 1976, Denis Lill)

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In The Talking Pictures the girls are back in the Metropolis but finding that life is still not overly easy. Adult film director Chas Speed has an offer for the girls with an appearance in a new musical soft core film he has planned. The girls arn’t keen but Derek spotting an opportunity for a publishing deal and a soundtrack album pushes them into it. However when Chas wants to move the film in a harder direction the girls tell him where he can stick it – so to speak. A bright spot on the horizon arrives in the unlikely form of Q’s surfer boyfriend Carl who tells the girl that his new mentor wants to invest heavily in them.

The fab Denis Lill actually gets most of the plaudits in this episode as the likeable Chas Speed whose real colours are revealed when the girls rebel against his ideas. There is also big news involving Anna’s relationship with lecturer Jack – he has been having an affair with student Gloria who is also part of the co-operative where Dee lives.

The dream sequence this episode takes place against an all white background with the girls wearing flowing white costumes singing Sugar Mountain. As the song fades a sugar mountain painted backdrop is slowly revealed.

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RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | AIRDATE: 16 March 1976

WRITER: Howard Schuman | DIRECTOR: Brian Farnham

Series: Rock Follies Season One Episode Four

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JULIE COVINGTON as Dee
RULA LENSKA as Q
CHARLOTTE CORNWELL as Anna
STEPHEN MOORE as Jack
BILLY MURRAY as Spike
EMLYN PRICE as Derek
MICHAEL J. SHANNON as Carl
DENIS LILL as Chas Speed
PETER ATTARD as Bull Trade
BILL STEWART as Bob
ANGELA CHADFIELD as Joyce
JOSS BUCKLEY as Chris
ANGELA BRUCE as Gloria
ELLIS DALE as Schubert
CYRIL CROSS as Sam Sprat
WILLIE JONAH as Mr N’Kruuni
DAVID DIXON as Rob
PETER JOHN VAN HOOKE, RAY RUSSELL, TONY STEVENS as The Group

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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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