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The Sweeney: The Placer (ITV 13 Feb 1975, with John Forgeham)

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In The Placer Jack is working undercover as a lorry driver as the team try to catch a gang who are pulling off hijacks on lorries.

After 4 weeks it looks like he has got his first lead after a sexy hitch-hiker seems rather too keen on the load he is carrying. It quickly becomes obvious that the woman, Fran, is heavily involved with the gang. Regan meets Harry Poole, who is the gang leader, and agrees to let his lorry be hijacked. Harry takes a liking to Jack and asks him to join his crew. It’s the perfect in to bringing them down but Detective Sergeant Bowyer (who interrogates Jack after the hijacking) puts in a complaint when he discovers what is really going on. The high ups want Jack pulled off the case. Knowing he is close Haskins agrees to give Regan 48 hours.

Events take a dangerous turn when Poole’s man Rawlins discovers that Regan is a copper.

Stanley Meadows who popped up in a many show during the 60’s and 70’s, but has been somewhat forgotten these days plays Harry Poole. Robert Russell, who always seemed to play a heavy or a villain, is one of Poole’s men and the fabulous John Forgeham is Poole’s second in command Dennis Rawlins. He absolutely does not trust Regan and thinks he is trying to take over.

The Sweeney The Placer John Forgeham

The fabulous John Forgeham as Dennis Rawlins.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 13 February 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Director: Ted Childs

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 7

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Stanley Meadows as Harry Poole
Susan Tracy as Fran
Tony Steedman as Andrew Barkis
Marjie Lawrence as Mrs Harris
John Forgeham as Dennis Rawlins
Robert Russell as Arni
Jeremy Young as Wren
Terry Cowling as Kesey
William Moore as Det Sgt Bowyer
Mollie Maureen as Old woman

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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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