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Shoestring: An Uncertain Circle (BBC-1 21 Oct 1979 with Anna Nygh)

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In An Uncertain Circle social worker Marion Cutler approaches Shoestring convinced that something has happened to Nick Forest. He has not been out of prison long and if she doesn’t find him he faces going back to jail having broken the terms of his parole. He is supposed to have been in the seaside resort of Chilton Dene trying to drum up trade for a possible new aerial photography business but seems to have completely disappeared.

Best episode yet, a convoluted plot that leading to Eddie discovering a possible smuggling operation. Of course Eddie being Eddie he does manage to get himself badly beaten and almost dies in a fire as well as suffering rope burn when he has to make a quick escape from a church bell tower. The abandoned fort out in the Bristol Channel that provides the climax for the episode also features in a first season episode of Lovejoy.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 21 October 1979

Writer: Robert Bennett / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Shoestring / Season 1 Episode 4

guest cast
ANNA NYGH as Marion Cutler
JOHN HARTLEY as Benny Sheldon
RICHARD DURDEN as Steve
ANNETTE EKBLOM as Jojo
PETER CARTWRIGHT as Jan Poestma
CRISPIN GILLBARD as Doctor Beaton
ANTHONY CARRICK as Butterfield
ANDREW BRADFORD as Phil
PETER HOLT as Ballard
WILLIAM ROURKE as Clark
ROYSTON TICKNER as Taxi Driver
JOHN VINE as Disc Jockey
COLIN MAITLAND as Studio 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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