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Special Branch: Love From Doris (ITV 7 Oct 1970, with Georgina Hale)

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In Love From Doris Special Branch investigate a pen pal agency that seems to be targeting lonely servicemen. It seems that several of the men have revealed information about secret work they are involved with. Is there more to the agency than meets the eye?

Jordan and his team put the agency, run by two men called Costello and Banks, under surveillance, it’s clear that the agency is upto no good – despite having lots of regular pen pals on their books they keep all the military ones for themselves, try to get info from them and then sell the info on to the Russians.

A good fun episode, Jordan takes great delight in tying Banks and Costello up in knots, sending them letters and making phone calls from the Doris they themselves invented.

Special Branch Love From Doris

Georgina Hale as Lisa.

The real highlight of the episode though is the excellent guest appearance from the fabulous Georgina Hale as the wife of Drysdale (who has the actual contact with the Russians), she is also having an affair with Banks.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 7 October 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: C. Scott Forbes / Production Design: Colin Andrews / Director: John Andrews

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 9

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Derren Nesbitt as Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
Alister Williamson as Det Sgt Miller
Georgina Hale as Lisa
James Marcus as L.A.C. Higgs
Richard Sampson as Group Captain
John Woodnutt as Major Carter
Dermoy Tuohy as Costello
Mona Hammond as Veronica
Hugh Futcher as Cotterill
Ray Barron as Banks
Anne Rutter as Det Constable Simpson
Ken Haward as Porter
Kevin Stoney as Drysdale

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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

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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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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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