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Strangers: Silver Lining (ITV 19 June 1978, Hywel Bennett)

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The always excellent Hywel Bennett guest stars in Silver Lining as Jack Slater, a professional gambler who runs a tipping service. C23 believe he may have links to a protection racket. Doran goes undercover as a secretary at his offices whilst Bulman gets a job in a betting shop which may just be a cover for the money laundering side of the racket.

It doesn’t take Slater long to discover that Doran is up to something when he learns that she has been recording his conversations but she manages to cover her tracks, mainly because Slater quite fancies her. Bulman also has his hands full when he visited by the protection boys.

Always good to see Bennett on screen, he owns every scene he is with effortless ease. Around this time he was making something of a screen come back having concentrated on the stage for much of the decade.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 19 June 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Steve Wakelam / Production Design: Colin Rees / Director: Bill Gilmour

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 3

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Don Henderson as George Bulman
John Ronane as Det Sgt Singer
Frances Tomelty as Linda Doran
Nita Valerie as Waitress
Hywel Bennett as Jack Slater
Barbara Waddington as Rosie
Annette Ekblom as Glenys
Judith Barker as Barbara
Paul Duncan as Jimmy
Dave Parke as Sean
Harry Markham as Bert
Paul Antrim as O’Keefe
Lee Walker as Kenny
Peter Armitage as Billy
Harry Littlewood as Tout
David Scase as Shillitoe

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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

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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