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Strangers: Briscoe (ITV 3 July 1978)

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In Briscoe Bulman is undercover as a beat copper investigating the dodgy antics of a sergeant (the Briscoe of the title). Briscoe knows every trick in the book but is he crooked? It’s up to Bulman to find out.

Michael Byrne is Briscoe, he’s one of those actors that does unsympathetic really well. He’s definitely sailing close to the wind in terms of job, moving white goods in the police van, drinking on duty in the local pub (making sure he doesn’t pay for the beer either) and paying a couple of home visits.

The whole episode takes place over the course of one night shift, Bulman is the only regular cast member to appear. There is also the added bonus of a scene involving Bulman dancing.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 3 July 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Leslie Duxbury / Production Design: Margaret Coombes / Director: Brian Mills

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 5

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Don Henderson as Bullman
Michael Byrne as Sgt Briscoe
Bill Tarmey as Alf
David Neilson as Torchy
Michael Turner as Inspector Veevers
Anna Nygh as Josie
Johnny Allen as Billy
Kenneth Alan Taylor as Harris
Russell Dixon as Ridgeley
Sara Aimson as Diana
Jonathan Barlow as Constable
Suzanna Hamilton as Judy Collins
Bartlett Mullins as Dobson

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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

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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