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Shoestring: Find The Lady (BBC-1 2 Dec 1979, Toyah Wilcox)

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In Find the Lady singer Toola asks Eddie to help her former bass player Gary “Mole” Molecombe who is convinced that his girlfriend Chrissie has been murdered by Toola’s manager Kenrick. Kenrick is quite the nasty piece of work but there seems to be no real evidence to support Moles claims of murder especially as a local photographer provides evidence of Chrissie being alive and well. But then Mole himself dies of an apparent overdose…

Something of an all star effort this one with its script by Philip “Gangsters” Martin and roles for Toyah Wilcox, Gary Holton, Lynda Bellingham, Diana Weston, Mick Jagger’s brother Chris and Christopher Biggins playing against time as a baddie. The episode actually offers up a great effort to see Toyah in her pop star prime as her music (she sings three songs) is given lots of screen time. Punk rock was definitely something of a rarity on main stream tv at the time too.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 2 December 1979

Writer: Philip Martin / Production Design: Spencer Chapman / Director: Marek Kanievska

Series: Shoestring Season 1 Episode 9

guest cast
CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS as Kenrick
GARY HOLTON as Gary Molecombe
TOYAH WILCOX as Toola
CHRISTOPHER JAGGER as Ray
PETER DEAN as P.C. Bryan Molecombe
LYNDA BELLINGHAM as Nicola
DIANA WESTON as Chrissie
DESMOND CULLUM-JONES as Nigel Cantly
BARBARA ANGELL as Tattooist
JULIAN LITTMAN as Vincent Dinsdale
BRIAN CAPRON as Photographer
LLOYD LAMBLE as Policeman
MICHAEL F. KENNY as Powell
JOEL BOGAN, STEVE BRADY, PETE BUSH, CHARLIE FRANCIS as Toola’s Band

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

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