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Shoestring: Room With A View (BBC-1 5 Oct 1980, Michael Culver)

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Shades of Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock in the season two opener Room With A View when ageing Lettie Ross, a former star of the music hall circuit sees what she thinks is a murder committed in the window of a house opposite her flat but a body is nowhere to be found. She calls Eddie and his investigations reveal links to a shady property company run by the ruthless Duke Winsor.

Kicking off the second and final season in fine style A Room With A View has more than a few nods to both Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Christie’s 4.50 From Paddington with things never quite as they seem and a charming performance from Madeline Thomas as Lettie Ross who spends much of the episode helping Eddie crack the case. Great moment too when Eddie returns to the computer firm he used to work for and has something of an anxiety attack.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 5 October 1980 @ 9.05pm

Writer: Robert Bennett / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Henry Herbert

Series: Shoestring Season Two Episode One

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MADELINE THOMAS as Lettie Ross
MICHAEL CULVER as Stephen Brook
BRIDGET BRICE as Marianne
OSCAR JAMES as Duke Winsor
DAVID BEALE as Terence
MAGGIE RILEY as Marjorie
ALEX DAVION as Alexei Lenkov
CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN as Leacock
TREVOR WARD as Rasta
JEANNE LESTY as Liz
OSMUND BULLOCK as Estate Agent
KIKA MIRYLEES as Katrina
ROD BEACHAM as O’Dell
GEOFFREY BATEMAN as DJ
MICHAEL SADLER as Rodney
DAVID AUKER as Auditonee
PAT ROSSITER as Mrs Aylyard

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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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