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Special Branch: Inquisition (ITV 18 Apr 1973, with Clifford Rose)

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In Inquisition Craven and Special Branch have been keeping a man called Yearsley under observation since he was released from prison. A search of his house produces a revolver and a fake passport. He is taken into custody. Yearsley is a civil servant who had become caught up in espionage activity. Craven doesn’t necessarily want Yearsley but the man who set Yearsley up in the first place.

The work dilemma’s faced by Pam, Craven’s girlfriend, seem somewhat incongruous, to say the least. It does serve to show the pressures she is under and the pressures that her relationship with Craven is under. Realistically Pam’s appearance is only here to break up the interrogation scenes. There is also a bit of a dodgy subplot about Craven being overworked and suffering bad headaches.

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Craven and Pam don’t live together but have been in a relationship for some time. They seem to be at loggerheads quite a lot at the moment.

Much has been made of Special Branch’s switch to all film production but this was definitely one episode that didn’t need it. Apart from a brief scene at the end the whole thing is pretty much interiors based.

Clifford Rose popped up as a guest star in pretty much every show going during the 1970’s, he eventually achieved star status thanks to his role as Kessler in Secret Army.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 18 April 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Special Branch Season 3 Episode 3

cast
George Sewell as Alan Craven
Roger Rowland as Detective Sergeant North
Clifford Rose as Yearsley
Sheila Scott-Wilkinson as Pam Sloane
Alan Downer as Shepherd
Keith Anderson as Manning
Clement McCallin as Overton
Ruby Head as Matron

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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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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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