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



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.

Strangers Paying Guests

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

production details
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)

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



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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