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The Sweeney: Sweet Smell of Succession (ITV 8 Nov 1976, with Hywel Bennett)

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In The Sweet Smell of Succession, major London gangland boss Joe Castle dies, his number two, Tarley is determined to take over the running of all his “business” interest, also keen to take over is rival boss Charlie Walters. Neither of them have reckoned without the arrival of Castle’s son and heir Steven. Neither Tarley or Walters even had an inkling of his existence. Young Castle is determined to take over the running of the old man’s legitmate business interests and sort out both Tarley and Walters in the process.

The always fabulous Hywel Bennett is chief guest star, it marked something of a return to TV for the actor. He had spent the last few purely on the stage acting and directing in numerous plays around the country. In a three page feature in the TV Times for the week (6 Nov 1976) Hywel touched on his film career, the breakdown of his marriage and directing for the stage. He also commented that the last time he worked on an ITV show it was for an episode of Redcap, which also just happened to star John Thaw.

Meanwhile George is neglecting his work, he’s applied for promotion and is desperate to find out if he has been successful or not. He also has the opportunity to buy his Aunt and Uncle’s house for a knock down price – but can only afford it if he gets a promotion.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 8 November 1976 at 9.00pm

Writer: Peter Hill / Director: William Brayne

Series: The Sweeney Season 3 Episode 8

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
Hywel Bennett as Steven Castle
Peter Dyneley as Tarley
Sue Lloyd as Arleen Baker
Willoughby Goddard as Kitter
Maxwell Shaw as Colin Raleigh
Alan Tilvern as Charlie Walters
David Sterne as Parkin
Gail Grainger as Jill
Geoffrey Todd as Nairn
Jack Allen as The Vicar
Peter Brayham as Johnno

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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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