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Shoestring: The Mayfly Dance (BBC-1 26 Oct 1980)

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In The Mayfly Dance, when one of the DJs at Radio West sparks a revival of interest in 1960’s crooner Jody Brent, Don wants Eddie to try and find him. Jody apparently vanished into thin air years before but as Eddie digs into his whereabouts he discovers a veritable hornets nest involving Brent’s former manager, one of the Radio West lawyers and an 18 year old murder.

A “cold case” for Eddie here with his investigations into the missing Jody Brent leading him to solve a drowning from 18 years before. A great mix of serious mystery and some nice levity provided by Lance Percival as ageing DJ Jake Revere who is finding himself popular “with the kids” once more. Once again, as is the case with pretty much every Shoestring episode, the guest cast is excellent.

classic quotes
“Now look Bootlace, in our business the music press either make you or break you.”
“I started out looking for a missing person and now i’ve got a murder on my hands”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 26 October 1980 @ 9.05pm

Writer: Bill Craig / Production Design: Eric Walmsley / Director: Henry Herbert

Shoestring Season Two Episode Four

guest cast
MICHAEL CRAIG as Maurice Gilray
ANN BELL as Miriam Mitchelson
LANCE PERCIVAL as Jake Rivere
PETER BLAKE as Mike Frewin
PHILIP SAYER as Jody Brent
MICHAEL GOTHARD as Harry
MIRANDA BELL as Megan
JENNY COX as Vera
ERIC MASON as Truck Driver
BRENDA COWLING as Mrs Billington
OLIVER SMITH as Wiseman
LESLEY NORTH as Julia
NICHOLAS DONNELLY as Inspector
SHARON MAIDEN as Penny Billington
LESLEY WOODS as Young Vera
PETER VAUGHAN-CLARKE as Fred

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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.

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

cast
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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