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Spindoe: And The Blood Starts Flowing (ITV 26 Apr 1968, with George Sewell)



The opening narration to And The Blood Start Flowing gives us a handy precise of the story. “The battle area. Greater criminal London. The river it’s frontier. North against South. Alec Spindoe deposed Monarch now out from jail. His wife Shelagh stolen by Eddie Edwards who also stole Spindoe’s kingdom. He imagines he can deal with Henry Mackleson criminal Emperor of the North who plans to destroy them all.”

Larry Bolsover, who was a former lowly member of Spindoe’s gang and has been helping him, has been killed by Mackleson’s gang who are trying to make it look like Spindoe was responsible.

Alec Spindoe himself meanwhile has managed to find some comfort in the arms of casino hostess Renata but it quickly becomes apparent she too has her own agenda and maybe working for Edwards.

Spindoe also pays a visit to private inquiry agent Ray Scaliger (an excellent performance from George Sewell) to get evidence of Shelagh’s adultery so he can divorce her. Of course Spindoe’s real motive is to find out what is going on in Edward’s world.

Meanwhile Eddie himself is meeting with Mackleson and his key partners to look at merging the North and the South. Mackleson seems to offering everything Eddie wants in the deal but it is clear from the North’s kingpin’s knowing looks to his “business” partners that he might have other ideas once the deal i done.

In a shock development to close out the episode Mackleson’s Spindoe lookalike murders Shelagh – with the maid as a witness.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 26 April 1968 at 9.00pm

Writer: Robin Chapman / Production Design: Peter Caldwell / Director: Cyril Coke

Series: Spindoe Episode 2 (of 6)

Ray McAnally as Alec Spindoe
George Sewell as Ray Scaliger
Richard Hurndall as Mackleson
Rachel Herbet as Renata
Basil Dignam as Det Insp Tierney
Anthony Bate as Eddie Edwards
Bryan Marshall as Det Sgt Poach
James Bree as Hackett
Geoffrey Matthews as Frederico
Colette O’Neil as Shelagh
Peter Jesson as Hans
Garfield Morgan as Webster
Derek Williams as Childe
Judy Matheson as Maid
Stanley Dawson as First Dustman
Geoffrey Briightman as Second Dustman



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




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.

classic quote
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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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