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Shoestring: The Teddy Bear’s Nightmare (BBC-1 12 Oct 1980, Dave King)

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It’s a case suggested by Eddie’s boss Don Satchley in season two’s second episode The Teddy Bears’ Nightmare. Don is out fishing when he spots someone trying to steal from the car of a courting couple. However rather than cause a fuss the couple make a run for it themselves. Eddie begins to investigate and quickly uncovers a blackmail plot along with a veritable hornets nest of undercover cops and informers being kept hidden.

Definitely a classic episode, all the Shoestring hallmarks including Eddie getting duffed up and a finale involving a race against time. A great supporting cast as always too but the real highlight though is the superbly seedy performance from Donald Sumpter with his greasy hair and sticky taped glasses he really is disgusting in his greed.

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“Get to the point Mr Reeves, I find your presence slightly repulsive.”

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 12 October 1980 @ 9.05pm

Writer: Leslie Darbon / Production Design: Humphrey Jaeger / Director: Martin Campbell

Series: Shoestring  Season 2 Episode 2

guest cast
DAVE KING as Cahill
KEN HUTCHINSON as Ken “Boxer” Beatty
CHARLOTTE CORNWELL as Christine Page
DONALD SUMPTER as Stanley Reeves
ROY NORTH as D.J.
HILARY CRANE as Shop Assistant
ANTHONY MAY as Joe Anderson
MICHAEL WORSLEY as James
JULIE SULLIVAN as Museum Attendant
NICOLA ROWLEY as Waitress
GARY IRVIN as Counterhand
LYNN PROCTER as Stripper
MURRAY EWAN as Oscar

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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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