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Strangers: The Paradise Set (ITV 5 June 1978)

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As The Paradise Set opens Det Sgt Bulman, Det Sgt Derek Willis and Detective Constable Linda Doran are part of a new unit called C23, travelling to different locales in the north to tackle undercover cases that local coppers would be too well known to tackle. Willis is deep undercover with a hard gang of diamond thieves led by Johnny Spencer whilst Bulman and Doran are working on a case involving nightclub hostesses who are being badly beaten. It quickly becomes obvious that both cases are linked.

In the opening sequence Bulman actually arrests Willis and another of the crooks and is somewhat surprised that he is also working for C23, he’s even more surprised to learn that Willis is also now a Detective Sergeant (apparently only for this this job though). Willis and Doran also don’t know each other at this point and Doran thinks Willis is Bulman’s snout.

The actual robbery that Willis is involved with turns into something of a slapstick comedy – the place the crooks were planning to rob is closed and they are forced to leave empty handed. The final show-down when Spencer discovers Willis is a cop is also a bit pantomimish – the fight scene in the back yard of the Paradise Clun not quite hitting the heights of realism the production team might have hoped for. Surprising really as director Carol Wilks had proved herself adept with action as director of 1974 children’s chase drama Soldier and Me.

The Strangers theme tune is quite groovy but it does sound a bit like a daytime talk or quiz show.

classic quote
“How did you know I was getting my toenail done?”
“socks in the pocket.”

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 5 June 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Murray Smith / Production Design: Mike Grimes / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 1

cast
Don Henderson as Det Sgt Bulman
John Ronane as Det Sgt Singer
Dennis Blanch as Det Con Willis
Andrew Robertson as Hugh McKay
Peter Dudley as Goodnight Darling
Malcolm Tierney as Johnny Spencer
Dickie Arnold as Eddie Ryan
Philip Jackson as Nose Treacy
Annie Hulley as Judy Wallace
Frances Tomelty as Det Con Doran
Anthony Coupe as Constable
Diana Davies as Sharon Wallace
Patrica Roe as Freda
Jack Platts as Leeman
Chester Harriott as Pianist

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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.

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

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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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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