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Shoestring: Where Was I (BBC-1 14 Dec 1980, Colin Jeavons)

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In Where Was I, the penultimate episode of Shoestring, Keith Amery, overworked and stressed has gone on a camping holiday but whilst out on the moors he sees a helicopter which then tries to spook him by flying right over head, Amery falls, bangs his head and loses his memory. Eventually finding his way home his wife calls in Eddie who discovers ties to a couple of shady Australians and an intended jailbreak.

A real anitpodean flavour to this last but one episode there is a great conceit with one of the gang, Denise, who poses as a fellow DJ from Australia and manages to persuade Don Satchley to let her shadow Eddie for a couple of days so that her radio station back in Brisbane can start a Private Ear radio show of their own, thinking that she can find out how much Amery really knows about the prison break. Eddie shows a great turn of speed too when chasing down the villain before he can get to the helicopter bringing him down with a finely timed rugby tackle.

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“Eddie you can beat a lot things but not the English weather.”

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 14 December 1980 @ 9.15pm

Writer: Peter Miller / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Jeremy Summers

Series: Shoestring  Season 2 Episode 9

guest cast
PHILIP BOND as Keith
HILARY RYAN as Denise
ALAN DAVID as Dr Fischer
COLIN JEAVONS as Ellery
PATRICIA PERRY as Lydia Amery
GEORGE ROUBICEK as Tom Laidlaw
RALPH ARLISS as Daryl
GRAEME ETON as Mal
KEN HALLIWELL as Farmer
JACK LE WHITE as Car Park Attendent
PETER CRAZE as Lab Technician
JAMES CHARLES as Railway Buff
ALAN DOWNER as Radio Soundman
DAVID McNALLY as D.J.
EMMA STEPHENSON as Telephone Girl
JAYN ROSAMUND as Child

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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

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

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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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