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The Sweeney: Contact Breaker (ITV 20 Mar 1975, with Warren Clarke)

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In Contact Breaker The Sweeney are watching a bank for a possible robbery they have a tip off on. The only problem is it’s the wrong bank they are watching. The villains get clean away but the elderly security guard overheard one of them use a name – Danny. Chief suspect is Danny Keever but is currently on pre-release parole. Still in jail but working at an electronics firm during the day. Keever is adamant he is being framed but he had been given a weekend at home and has no alibi.

Haskins has had a previous run-in with Keever and is convinced of his guilt, Regan though is not so sure. Keever’s guilt all seems too pat.

Another excellent cast list enlivens the episode. Warren Clarke is Keever with Coral Atkins as his ultimately untrustworthy wife. There are also roles for under rated character actor Jim Norton (a regular in many a show during the decade), the ever smooth Tony Anholt, Colin Douglas and a small role for Cheryl Hall.

The Sweeney Contact Breaker

Under rated Jim Norton as gang member Harrister.

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UK / ITV – Thames /1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 20 March 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Robert Banks Stewart / Director: Bill Brayne

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 12

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Warren Clarke as Danny Keever
Coral Atkins as Brenda
Tony Anholt as Mark
Colin Douglas as Commander
John Collin as Parish
Jim Norton as Harrister
Kenneth Gardiner as Arthur
Cheryl Hall as Jenny
Jill Balcon as Miss Hepple
Sydney Arnold as Tilley
Ivor Roberts as Sale
David Jackson as Eddy Cory
Frank Jarvis as Prison officer
Patrick Durkin as Foreman decorator

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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

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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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