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Special Branch: Polonaise (ITV 2 May 1973, with Andre Morell)

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In Polonaise the captain of a Polish Cargo ship about to dock in London is sent death threats. Captain Wedniki has a past that involves committing numerous atrocities on the people of Warsaw during World War II. There are plenty of London based Poles who want him dead and are willing to do it themeselves.

The threats have to be taken seriously but Craven and North have a difficult task keeping on top of this. Meanwhile Wedniki won’t allow any Special Branch men aboard his ship.

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Andre Morell as Scabrienski

An excellent episode, we get another glimpse of Craven’s steely nature when Wilson, one of the young detectives working the case, admits to not reporting his being involved with the grand daughter of one of the key men, Scabrienski, believed to be running the plot to kill Wedniki. Wilson, who is the SB Polish specialist asks Craven not to report his misdemeanour as he would be thrown out of SB but the episode ends with Craven telling Wilson to clear his desk out in the morning as he’s out!

There is small guest appearance from former Quatermass Andre Morell as Scabrienski and the excellent Michael Culver pops up as incognito MI5 man Nateby.

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Michael Culver as Nateby.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 2 May 1973 at 9.00pm

Writers: Allan Scott, Chris Bryant / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Special Branch Season 3 Episode 5

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George Sewell as Alan Craven
Roger Rowland as Detective Sergeant North
John Bailey as Yushin
Michael Culver as Nateby
Richard Marner as Wedniki
Milos Kirek as Embassy Official
Andre Morell as Scabrienski
George Pravda as Bershki
David Weston as Wilson
Rita Merkelis as Eva
Bernard Archard as Farmer

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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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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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