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The Sweeney: Drag Act (ITV 21 Sep 1978, with Kate Fahy)

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In Drag Act a group of crooks are hijacking lorries. With a driver dead and a policeman injured Regan is under heavy pressure to get a result.

There is something of a subplot, completely with highly dodgy romantic music, of George becoming involved with probationary cop, Julie Kingdom, In fact Julie takes quite a chunk of the storyline and instrumental in the solving of the case. George thinks her name should go in the report so that she is given some of the credit. Regan thinks she is not in it for the long game and George should keep her name out of it.

Patrick Malahide pops up in a brief role as a detective, he would of course go on to a long running role in Waterman’s next series Minder.

The Sweeney Drag Act

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 21 September 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ted Childs / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 3

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Katherine Fahy as Julie Kingdom
Albert Welling as Mike Seton
Benjamin Whitrow as Braithwaite
Patrick Malahide as Mason
Peter Kerrigan as Bowyer
Roger Hume as Lockhart
Derek Deadman as Curry
John Rolfe as Brookford
David Atkins as Marriot
John Hartley as Chief Inspector
David Foxxe as Cyril
John Alkin as Daniels
Oliver Smith as Lorry Driver
Vivienne Johnson as Mavis
Rachel Dix as Marriot’s Girlfriend

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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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