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Strangers: Paying Guests (ITV 17 Jul 1978, Amanda Barrie)

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In Paying Guests, the final episode of the first season, Bulman is living with Grafton Parker and his family who are under protection after Parker got his hands on a cache of stolen money and the villains who nicked it want it back.

Amanda Barrie is brilliant and unrecognisable as Parker’s wife who is distraught at the slob she considers Bulman to be. A young Julie Shipley plays the Parker’s daughter and John Tordoff is one of those actors who pops up in lots of late 70’s and early 80’s productions.

Nice bit of continuity with Sgt Briscoe (from episode five) turning up to give Bulman a hand and using his charms on young Marilyn in the process.

It’s quite a funny episode too as the Parker family start to go stir crazy.

The episode ends with the surreal moment of Bulman, Willis and Briscoe spotting a Charlie Chaplin lookalike climbing up a drainpipe in a possible break in attempt. Given that it’s Friday afternoon and they are all just about to knock off work they decide to leave him to it!!

Linda Doran doesn’t appear in this episode.

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classic quote
“Do you put brilliantine on your hair or something Mr Bulman.”
“No it’s just naturally greasy.”

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 17 July 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Leslie Duxbury / Production Design: Colin Rees / Director: Quentin Lawrence

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 7 (of 7)

cast
Don Henderson as Bulman
Dennis Blanch as Willis
Michael Byrne as Briscoe
Amanda Barrie as Mrs Parker
John Tordoff as Grafton Parker
Julie Shipley as Marilyn Parker
Teddy Turner as Jess Green
Mike Hayward as Bri Williams
Norman Comer as Dave Williams
Peter Lorenzelli as Milkman
Sam Sherry as Old man
Meg Johnson as Alice
Philip Pollitt as Wayne Dobson
Jo Beadle as Club receptionist

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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