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The Sweeney: Hearts and Minds (ITV 23 Nov 1978, with Morecambe and Wise)



In Hearts and Minds Regan and Carter find themselves out of their depth when they get caught up in a case involving the British Secret Service, the KGB and Morecambe and Wise!

What begins as a normal robbery investigation turns into something much more lethal. A scientist called Busby has gone missing, he has just made a major breakthrough with his research. The British government had previously decided to close down his lab but have now changed their mind – the Americans and the Russians would also like to get their hands on his work.

Busby’s mistress just happens to be working with Morecambe and Wise in a nightclub spot they are doing.

The Sweeney Hearts and Minds Morecambe and Wise

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman had appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show a couple of years earlier but had only agreed on the promise that the comedy duo returned the favour.

There’s quite the knockabout vibe to proceedings, especially in the scenes involving Morecambe and Wise, the final sequence sees them involved in a car chase with pretty much everybody on their tail. They are in a fresh fish delivery pick up truck which cues some dodgy stuntman work as Eric climbs into the back of the truck to throw cartons of fish at their pursuers.

The Sweeney Hearts and Minds Eric Morecambe

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 23 November 1978 at 9.00pm

Writers: Donald Churchill, Ted Childs / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 11

John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
Eric Morecambe as Himself
Ernie Wise as Himself
Edward Hardwicke as Bellcourt
Edward De Souza as Busby
George Mikell as Danilov
Caroline Blakiston as Hildegarde
Jenny Quayle as Wendy
Miles Anderson as Hawkins
Jack Klaff as Al Krim
John Moreno as Doad
Joseph Charles as Ulysses
Nicholas McArdle as Tridgwell
Paul Freeman as First detective
James Winston as Sid
Alan Bodenham as Henry
George Irving as Second detective
Jean Boht as Woman neighbour
Ronald Forfar as Police Observer
Garry McDermott as Police driver
Martyn Whitby as Special patrol group inspector
Anthony Smee as Lieutentant
Simon Browne as Gene
Barbara Grant as Neighbour
John Fielding as Reporter



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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




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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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