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Special Branch: Miss International (ITV 1 Sep 1970, with Yutte Stensgaard)

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In Miss International Jordan is not displeased to find himself watching over the contestants taking part in an international beauty competition and in particular Farida Gemal, Miss Tangier. It quickly becomes clear that someone is out to stop her performing in the contest but she is determined to go through with it.

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Derren Nesbitt looked very at home in this publicity shot promoting the episode.

Matters are complicated when Moxon reveals that one of the contestants Nina Saretna (played by iconic Hammer Glamour girl Yutte Stensgaard) is not who she says she is.

Special Branch gets an injection of glamour and Jordan naturally enough is in his element. The plot turns out to be part of plan to discredit Gemal’s father, who is a prominent politician. Jordan and Inman are disgusted to learn that the plan has actually been put into place by Moxon to actually discredit Gemal’s opponents as political blackmailers.

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Miss Tangier almost suffers a serious injury when a chandelier drops.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 1 September 1970 at 9.00pm

Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley / Production design: Neville Green / Director: James Goddard

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 4

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Derren Nesbitt as Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
Morris Perry as Moxon
Alfred Bell as Detective Sergeant Bell
Yutte Stensgaard as Nina Saretna
Murray Hayne as M.C.
Jasmina Hilton as Farida Gemal
Ron Bower as Miss Amsterdam
Barbara Keogh as Miss Foster, the chaperone
Richard McNeff as Commissionaire
Marc Boyle as Devereaux
The beauty contestants without speaking roles were Karen Young, Virginia Rhodes, Julie Crosswaite, Aline Stobbs, Monika Dietrich, Kubi Chaza and Melita Clarke.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 24 May 1979 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliott / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 6

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