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The Sweeney: Stay Lucky, Eh? (ITV 27 Oct 1975, with Alun Armstrong)

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In Stay Lucky, Eh? a pair of crooks, Jenner and Tyson, pull off a robbery only for themselves to be robbed by another gun wielding villain, in the process one of the pair, Jenner, is shot in the leg. The duo were being bankrolled for major gangland villain Kirby (the always fabulous Peter Vaughan) and he is not at all pleased about the money going missing.

The villain, Vaughan, thinks he has hit on a nice scheme, robbing the robbers, he has teamed up with pub landlord Herbie Mew who supplies the info.

Jenner manages to get struck off Doctor Clare to deal with his wound but things take a turn for the worse and he ends up in hospital. It quickly leads Regan and Carter to him and Tyson. Regan also discovers a link between Jenner’s wife Liz and her father who just happens to be Herbie. Herbie had only given Vaughan the info to get back at son-in-law Jenner because he hasn’t been letting Liz see him.

The Sweeney Stay Lucky, Eh?

Alun Armstrong is the injured Jenner.

When Regan learns what he is going on he manages to set up both Vaughan and Kirby. Although it ends in a shoot-out that leaves Kirby and his hench-man Skef shot and Vaughan dead.

Meanwhile an old colleague tempts Regan with a well paying security firm job away from the force.

Another top episode, in fact most of writer Trevor Preston’s episodes tend to be top notch. The guest cast is fabulous too including the already mentionedPeter Vaughan, Ken Hutchinson as Vaughan, Alun Armstrong as the badly injured Jenner and Michael Ripper as the weak Herbie. There are also roles for Sandy Ratcliff and John Challis.

The Sweeney Stay Lucky, Eh?

Peter Vaughan is big time villain Kirby.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 27 October 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Trevor Preston / Director: Douglas Camfield

Series: The Sweeney Season 2 Episode 9

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Peter Vaughan as Kirby
Ken Hutchinson as Vaughan
Alun Armstrong as Jenner
Paul Moriarty as Tyson
Sandy Ratcliff as Liz
Brian McDermott as Algar
Michael Ripper as Herbie Mew
John Woodnutt as Dr Clare
John Challis as Skef
Donald Webster as Llewellyn
Ray Barron as Bobby Haigh
Gloria Walker as Kirby’s Girl

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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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