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Special Branch: Not To Be Trusted (ITV 23 Sep 1970, with William Lucas)

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In Not To Be Trusted top scientist Dr Clifford is due to give a talk in Budapest but Moxon considers him a possible security risk and tells his boss Sir Hugh Lodge he mustn’t be allowed to go. A secretary who worked at the research station with Clifford and who was arrested by Special Branch some months prior has now named him as a person of interest to the Russians.

Dr Clifford is told to take a few days off and plans to spend some time on his boat. When Jordan begins trailing him he is surprised to find the married Clifford cosying up to beautiful Scandinavian girl Karin. Clifford, who thinks Jordan is a private detective sent to snoop by his wife, tells him his relationship with Karin is purely platonic.

Jordan digs into Karin’s background and discovers she is married and has been under investigation by the Swedish equivalent of Special Branch.

Special Branch Not To Be Trusted

William Lucas as Dr Clifford.

Another strong guest appearance from William Lucas as the troubled Dr Clifford and there is also a guest appearance from the lovely Alethea Charlton as his wife. Charlton, who made her biggest impact in the series Sam, died in 1976 at the age of 44 from a malignant melanoma.

Polish born Ania Marson, who plays the Swedish Karin, popped up in guest roles throughout the seventies on shows as diverse as Target and Within These Walls before taking time out for motherhood. In the last few years she has made a return to the small screen.

Special Branch Not To Be Trusted

Ania Marson as Karin

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 23 September 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Martin Worth / Production Design: Peter Le Page / Director: Guy Verney

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 7

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Derren Nesbitt as Elliot Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
Morris Perry as Moxon
Ronald Russell as Sir Hugh Lodge
William Lucas as Dr Clifford
Alethea Charlton as Brenda Clifford
Ania Marson as Karin
Emrys Jones as Falcon
Denis Goacher as Schaeffer
John Moore as Yachtsman
Maureen Davis as Gillian Heyman

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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

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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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