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Special Branch: Reported Missing (ITV 28 Oct 1970, with Nicola Pagett)

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In Reported Missing Russian ballerina Lydia Tamarova goes missing whilst on a cultural exchange tour in England.

Special Branch tackle the classic plot of a possible defecting Russian with a great deal of aplomb, it’s quite amusing to see Inman flirting with young Lydia before she disappears from the hotel. It’s an important that it is established that Inman has a liking for Lydia because when she approaches him later for help in claiming political asylum he is keen to help her.

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Inman tries his hand at flirting with young Lydia.

What SB don’t know is that another member of the group, Leonid Rubin, is actually using the visit to pass information to a group that is helping dissident Russian writers.

It’s a good strong episode for Inman, allowing him to show a softer side than he normally does, luckily although the whole thing threatens to blow up in his face he gets sorted out in the end.

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Brian Wilde as , leader of the group trying to help dissident Russian writers.

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“Freedom is to do what you want for your own reasons. For me freedom is a mink coat.”

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 28 October 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Louis Marks / Production Design: Mike Hall / Director: Dennis Vance

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 12

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Derren Nesbitt as Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
Morris perry as Moxon
Brian Wilde as Alan Pritchard
Brian Haines as Leonid Rubin
Rachel Herbert as Ilena Petrova
Sheila Ruskin as Sheila Franklyn
Nicola Pagett as Lydia Tamarova
Milos Kirek as Galyavitch
Ron Hickey as Kilyagin
Roger Kemp as Peter Simmons

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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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