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Six Days of Justice Who Cares Six Days of Justice Who Cares


Six Days of Justice: Who Cares (ITV 1 May 1972, with Bernard Hepton)



In Who Cares 15 year old Karen is a serial runaway and is appearing in the juvenile magistrates court on vagrancy charges and to decide whether she needs to be taken into a care home until she is old enough.

Her parents, despite being in court, seem to have abdicated responsibility for her. The fact that her mother has a new partner and a new baby hasn’t helped the situation but it’s the mother who is surprisingly least interested in taking her home. Her biological father is a merchant seaman and not home very often.

Matters are further complicated when Karen reveals she is pregnant. She is put into care for three weeks whilst a report is made. It turns out that the father of the baby is willing to stand by her and his mother is willing to let her stay with them. The magistrates court makes a decision to put her under the care of local social services until she is 18. The biggest problem is that Karen doesn’t actually want anybody’s help.

An interesting look inside the juvenile magistrate court system with a sympathetic performance from Bernard Hepton as Chairman of the Court.

The TV Times for the week had an interview with newcomer Verna Harvey (who played Karen and was 19 at the time).

Harvey had made her breakthrough as one one of the children in The Nightcomers with Marlon Brando and popped up in quite a few series during the 1970’s most notably a regular role on Beryl’s Lot. As part of her research for the role of Karen, Verna attended quite a few juvenile magistrate court hearings.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 1 May 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Roger Parkes / Production Design: Bernard Spencer / Director: David Wickes

Series: Six Days of Justice Season 1 Episode 4

Bernard Hepton as Chairman
Verna Harvey as Karen
Vivien Heilbron as Miss McCawley
Jon Laurimore as Mr Carlton
Michael Lees as Clerk of the Court
Brian Peck as Frederick Green
Pamela Alan as Dr Thorndyke
Stanley Stewart as Usher
Marjie Lawrence as Mrs Carlton
Karin MacCarthy as P.W. Fraser
Kenneth Gilbert as Warrant Officer
Kerry Marsh as Mrs Murphy
Christopher Banks as Donald Strong
Colin Daniels as Colin Blatch
John Watters as Joe Murphy



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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