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Special Branch: A Copper Called Craven (ITV 4 Apri 1973, with Peter Jeffrey)

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In A Copper Called Craven when a crook called Ridley is arrested at the airport he accuses Detective Chief Inspector Craven of taking bribes to enable him to get through customs without difficulty. Craven finds himself investigated by A-10 and under suspension.

Of course it’s obvious someone is trying to set Craven up – but who and why? Craven has to go off the books to crack the case and finds an Irish connection from many years before has come back to seek revenge.

Special Branch A Copper Called Craven

New lead George Sewell plays Alan Craven who is almost out of the series before he is in.

This opening episode of the third series marked the return of Special Branch after a two and half year absence and with the exception of the excellent Robert Earley theme tune it is changes all the way. Gone are Inman and Jordan and in is Detective Chief Inspector Alan Craven. Also gone is the traditional studio interiors and occasional filmed scenes and in is the completely shot of film and location look that marked the start of Thames’ long running and very successful association with Euston films.

The TV Times of 31 March 1973 had a short article making note of the fact that not a single studio corner had been utilised and that a disused prep-school, St Pauls, had been used for the Special Branch offices.

Special Branch A Copper Called Craven

A menacing looking Peter Jeffrey plays Chief Superintendent Pettiford from A-10 in charge of investigating dirty coppers.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 4 April 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Roger Marshall / Director: William Brayne

Series: Special Branch Season 3 Episode 1

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George Sewell as DCI Alan Craven
Roger Rowland as Detective Sergeant North
Peter Jeffrey as Chief Supt Pettiford
Tony Selby as Ridley
Richard Butler as Commander Nicols
Sheila Scott-Wilkinson as Pam Sloane
Barry Jackson as Sgt Workman
Patrick Crowner as Corrigan

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

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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

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

cast
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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