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Special Branch: Sorry Is Just A Word (ITV 14 Oct 1970, with Gabrielle Drake)

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In Sorry is Just A Word young Au Pair girl Karlina Novakova is convinced that someone is following her, she then goes missing. Why would Special Branch be interested in a simple missing persons case – because it turns out that Karlina is the daughter of a prominent Czech official.

Meanwhile Detective Sergeant Davis who is investigating the case has his own personal issues to deal with, his 17 year old daughter wants to get married but he is refusing to give his permission.

There is a nice correlation between Davis’s personal problems and that of Novakova who has gone missing because she has fallen in love and doesn’t want to return to Czechoslavkia.

Special Branch Sorry Is Just A Word

A rare season 2 appearance from Detective Constable Morrissey, seen here with Detective Sergeant Davis.

In a nice nod to continuity this was Gary Watson’s second appearance on the show as Bilak – he previously appeared in the season one episode Exit A Diplomat.

There was a short piece in the TV Times about how the producers had tried to make the gorgeous Gabrielle Drake look like a dowdy Au Pair, complete with wig that was five years out of date. Drake actually only has a couple of minutes of actual screen time, in a film sequence at the start and then when Davis discovers her whereabouts. The episode actually belongs to James Cossins as Davis who realises that his stance has cost him his relationship with his daughter.

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Davis finally tracks down Karlina.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 14 October 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Michael Chapman / Production Design: Michael Hall / Director: James Goddard

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 10

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Derren Nesbitt as Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
Keith Washington as Morrissey
Morris Perry as Moxon
Gabrielle Drake as Karlina Novakova
Ronald Govey as Mr Ellis
James Cossins as Detective Sergeant Davis
Robin Wentworth as Detective Sergeant Pritchard
Sheila Raynor as Elsie Davis
Julie Booth as Lynne Davis
Pamela Greenall as Mrs Ellis
Gary Watson as Ladislav Bilak
Sarah Thomas as Au pair girl

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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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