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The Sweeney: Messenger of the Gods (ITV 7 Sep 1978, with Diana Dors)

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In season opener Messenger of the Gods, Regan and Carter have pulled in small time villain Lukey Sparrow the day before his wedding. Sparrow is believed to have been involved in a theft of a significant amount of mercury. His future mother-in-law Mrs Riggs is absolutely livid, convinced that Jack is personally out to ruin her girl’s wedding.

Although it’s clear that Lukey is definitely involved in someway he has an alibi and Regan and Carter have no idea how to crack it. Unfortunately for Lukey once word gets out that the police are after him there are more than a couple of real villains who want him to keep his mouth shut.

After a gap of 18 months the boys are back and the series has a whole new title sequence, a prism effect sequence of various scenes from the series. The fabulous theme tune is the same but the new titles are not a patch on the original moody blue still shot ones thats for sure.

It’s a real comedy of errors but classic Sweeney though with another bravura 1970’s performance from Diana Dors as Mrs Riggs, even Regan is terrified of her. The supporting cast is excellent all round. Ex-Please Sir alumni Malcolm McFee is Lukey and there are also appearances from Derek Martin, Michael Melia, Rosemary Martin and James Ottaway.

The Sweeney Messenger of the Gods

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“When I’m watching that Christopher Lee I become quite oblivious to my surroundings.”

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 September 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Director: Terry Green

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 1

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Diana Dors as Mrs Rix
Malcolm McFee as Lukey Sparrow
Dawn Perllman as Linda Rix
James Ottaway as Uncle Billy
Richard Adams as Ray
Andrew Musell as Rick
Rosemary Martin as Mrs Lipman
Fanny Carby as Dot Plummer
Michael Melia as Rudd
Derek Martin as Spooner
John Judd as Sergeant
Rosie Collins as Gloria
Michael Tarn as Charlie
Timothy Kightley as Vicar Dennison
Bernard Stone as Mr Lipman
Helen Keating as Cathy
Patrick Hannaway as Bernie
Cliff Diggins as Olly
Del Baker as Sid
Chris Webb as Arthur

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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

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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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