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The Sweeney: The Bigger They Are (ITV 26 Oct 1978, with Colin Jeavons)

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In The Bigger They Are, Gold, a prominent establishment figure is being blackmailed over a massacre he took part in in Malaya during the conflict there. He persuades his old army boss Masterson to help him retrieve the incriminating documents and photos that are being used against him. Masterson though, very much has his own agenda.

A difficult case for Regan and Carter, their stand in boss DCI Anderson (yes Haskins is away again) wants things done his way and Special Branch man Grey also has his own reasons for keeping an eye on proceedings.

The Sweeney The Bigger They Are

“Look George it’s my turn to wear the leather jacket…”

The casting is pretty good with Colin Jeavons as Gold and Donald Burton as Special Branch man Grey whilst Tony Steedman plays to type as Masterson.

The Sweeney The Bigger They Are Leather Jacket

We thought there was only leather jacket being shared by Regan and Carter, but no Regan has his own.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 26 October 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 8

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Colin Jeavons as Gold
Jenny Runacre as Sharon
Donald Burton as Grey
Tony Steedman as Masterson
Raymond Skipp as Collins
Colin McCormack as Wade
Ian Collier as Logan
Trevor Thomas as Garner
Richard Wilson as Detective Chief Inspector Anderson
Nick Brimble as Burtonshaw
Richard Hampton as Barnes
John Carlin as Pierce

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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.

classic quote
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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