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The Sweeney: Poppy (ITV 20 Oct 1975, with James Booth)

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In Poppy villain Vic Labbett has been out of the country for three years having pulled off a bank blag worth half a million quid, now he’s back. Regan, who worked the original investigation, is convinced that Labbett never got all the money out with him and is back to collect on the rest.

Labbett is indeed back to collect, he wants to organise a deal with the bank he stole the money from, a hundred grand in gemstones and they can have the money back. Brett, the man who helped Labbett pull off the bank job is keen for Labbett’s return so he can collect on his share of the “poppy.”

When Regan visits bank manager Sterndale he immediately gets the impression he already knows Labbett is back. Putting him under surveillance quickly leads The Sweeney to the villain.

The always fabulous James Booth is Labbett, who after shooting a copper, realises he needs to get away quickly. Brett arranges for a private plane to get him back out of the country but when Regan tells Labbett’s wife about his mistress Kay she tells him where Labett is leaving from. Interestingly although The Sweeney get their man they fail to get their hands on the diamonds he has exchanged for the cash.

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John Rhys Davies as Brett and Veronica Lang as Labbett’s wife.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 20 October 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 2 Episode 8

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
James Booth as Vic Labbett
John Rhys Davies as Brett
Veronica Lang as Mrs Labbett
Helen Gill as Kay Nolan
Frank Middlemass as Sterndale
John D. Collins as Vane
John Alkin as Daniels
Patsy Smart as Alice
Virginia Moore as Veronica

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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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