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The Sweeney: Big Spender (ITV 13 Mar 1975, with Warren Mitchell)

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In Big Spender Haskins wants Regan to go after the Smith brothers, three brothers he is convinced is responsible for a spate of robberies. Regan is convinced the case is a waste of time as there is nothing to go but when he and Carter end up in a car chase with youngest brother Barry they discover he is carrying £10,000 in cash.

Further investigation leads them to Wardle the crooked cashier of a large car park. He and the brothers have a scam that involves fake parking tickets and skimming off large chunks of cash every week. Wardle, a mild mannered accountant, is very much out of his depth. Regan knows he is the key to bringing down the brothers Smith.

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Godfrey James and Catherine Schell

Lots of familiar in this episode, even in minor roles – Crackerjack favourite Peter Glaze has a small part as a bookmaker, Blake’s 7 alumni Sally Knyvette is a sexy secretary and the the three brothers Smith are played by the fabulous Godfrey James, Julian Holloway and Billy Hamon (Hamon was then something of a rising name, a couple of months later he had one of the leads in teen drama The Siege of Golden Hill. Warren Mitchell has the lead guest star role though as crooked businessman Wardle alongside glamorous Catherine Schell as his girl.

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A dragged up Warren Mitchell – surely the stuff of nightmares.

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UK /ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 13 March 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Allan Prior / Director: Viktors Ritelis

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 11

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
Warren Mitchell as William Wardle
Catherine Schell as Stella Goodman
Godfrey James as Charley Smith
Julian Holloway as John Smith
Billy Hamon as Barry Smith
Maureen Pryor as Enid Wardle
Peter Armitage as Jacko
Peter Glaze as Joe Spratt
Sally Knyvette as Angela

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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

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