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Shoestring: I’m A Believer (BBC-1 16 Dec 1979, Jeananne Crowley)

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In I’m A Believer, the final episode of the first season, Eddie is not at all happy about the news desk trying to poach some of his cases, especially one in particular involving a young girl, Maddy Hopkins, who has become a major part of a religious cult called The Starshiners. Her mother is convinced the cult is only out to get her trust fund money which she will inherit when she turns 21.

Although broadcast as the last episode in series one it was actually the fourth episode made, it’s a good strong episode to go out on though, interesting angle with the news team listening to Eddie’s tapes on the sly in the hope of getting hold of a story and Radio West journalist Felicity Lamb proving herself to be a bit of a fly in Eddie’s ointment following him as he makes inroads into the case.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 16 December 1979

Writer: Jim Hawkins / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Shoestring Season One Episode Eleven

guest cast
CLAIRE WALKER as Maddy Hopkins
JEANANNE CROWLEY as Felicity Lamb
DAVID BEAMES as Roger
BILLY J. MITCHELL as Jim Huckle
PRESTON LOCKWOOD as Stephen Steele
DEREK SEATON as Rayburn
GEOFFREY BATEMAN as Disc Jockey
FRANCIS SARGENT as Crispin
MARY KENTON as Mrs Holdwing
ZOE GONORD as Maria
CHRISTINE POLLON as Mrs Hopkins
JULIE NEUBERT as Angela
COLIN MAITLAND as Sound Engineer
STEVE ISMAY as Kenwright
JOHN VINE as Radio Announcer
HELEN CLEAVES as Phone In Girl

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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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