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The Sweeney: Nightmare (ITV 5 Oct 1978, with Paul Antrim)

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In Nightmare Jack’s latest girlfriend is having recurring nightmares in which he ends up badly injured. She is convinced they are a warning that something bad is going to happen to him.

Meanwhile Jack and Carter are watching a couple of villains. They run a seemingly successful antiques business but the pair are ex-IRA and are actually involved in a highly dangerous racket involving both drug and gun running.

A lot of shooting with multiple victims make this an episode with a pretty high body count. The tense final shoot out takes place in an aircraft hangar and when one of the villains turns the gun laser sight right into Jack’s eyes it leaves him temporarily blinded. The episode finishes with him recuperating in hospital and his girlfriend feeling validated about her dreams.

Haskins is still on the scene and it’s George who is wearing the leather jacket in this one. Once again the vibe is tough although there is room as always for humour when it’s needed, especially in the scene when Daniels fits a tracking device to a piano only for it to end up in a commode, which George and Jack have to then retrieve it from.

The Sweeney Nightmare Regan and Carter

This season Regan and Carter like to take in turns to wear the leather jacket. It was George’s turn for this one.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 5 October 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ranald Graham / Director: David Wickes

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 5

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
Paul Antrim as Farrell
Tony Rohr as Flynn
Barry Phillips as Keith Wilson
David Gillies as Norman Charles
Lea Brodie as Jane
Kenneth Watson as Horrocks
John Alkin as Daniels
J.G. Devlin as Hay
Enid Irvin as Mrs Charles
David Ellison as Dutchman
Alfred Maron as Stirk
Linda Brill as Maire
Ritchie Stewart as Cafe Owner

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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

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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