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Shoestring: Stamp Duty (BBC-1 1979, David Ashton)

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In Stamp Duty Andy Stapleton, a milkman who shared a pyschiatric ward with Eddie, witnesses a possible murder and is then targeted by the killers, the only problem is Andy has a history of spinning tall stories and Eddie doesn’t believe him. Then a body turns up and Eddie realises that Andy may just have been telling the truth and the case may also be linked to his investigations into crooked businessman Strickland.

A little bit story of the week with the outcome of how Eddie is going to get one over on the villains sign-posted in the first five minutes when a radio colleague shows him a new long range microphone, also Eddie throughout this whole first season never seems to wear anything other than his beige suit and in this episode even helps Erica returf her garden wearing it.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 18 November 1979

Writer: John Kruse / Production Design: David Spode / Director: Martyn Friend

Shoestring Season One Episode Eight

guest cast
DAVID ASHTON as Andy Stapleton
DIANA DAVIES as Diana Ollerton
DAVID KING as Strickland
TIMOTHY BLOCK as Blake
WILLIAM WILDE as Packer
MARGARET ANDERSON as Mrs Hargreaves
PAUL CHAPMAN as Cording
RAYMOND ADAMSON as Jocelyn Hargreaves
JOHN MOORE as Wood
STEWART BEVAN as D.J.
JEANNA LESTY as Liz
MICHAEL TARN as Radio Technician
MICHAEL McSTAY as Croupier
RAY BARRON as Turf Deliverer
JAMES APPLEBY as Dairy Depot Manager
ARTHUR KELLY as 1st Telephone Engineer
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN as 2nd Telephone Engineer

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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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