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The Sweeney: Hard Men (ITV 14 Sep 1978, with James Cosmo)

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In Hard Men Detective Sergeant Freeth is sent down from Scotland to liase with the Flying Squad to track down some Glasgow tough guys. It’s clear that there is more to the case than Freeth is revealing.

Meanwhile Regan also has his hands full with a missing painting stolen from Windsor Castle. Although it looks like this may be a second plot it’s merely an aside and actually goes nowhere.

James Cosmo is excellent as Freeth in fact he pretty much steals every scene he is in. It’s a pretty downbeat episode all in all though. Haskins has yet to make an appearance in the first two episodes of this season.

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Blue Presenter Janet Ellis has a brief role as Regan’s love interest.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 14 September 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin / Director: Graham Baker

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 2

cast
John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
James Cosmo as Freeth
James Warrior as Jellyneck
Stewart Preston as Ross
Jonathan Carr as Stronnach
Alex Norton as Gibson
Ronnie Letham as Hodgy Laing
Brian Hoskin as Bramley
Michael Beint as Dubbin
Benjamin Whitrow as Braithwaite
Julian Hough as Guards Officer
Roger Davidson as Major Chapman
Janet Ellis as Marge’s Friend
Miranda Forbes as Maggie’s Mother
Norman Lumsden as Sir Henry
Ian Ricketts as Boyd
Natalie Pennington as Maggie
Sara Simmons as Dinner party guest
David Drummond as Dinner party guest
Vickie Climas as Sir Henry’s Wife
Peggy Bullock as Old lady

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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.

classic quote
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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