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The Sweeney: Thin Ice (ITV 16 Jan 1976, with Alfred Marks)

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In Thin Ice Regan top villain Bishop has “done a runner” to France after cop Pringle’s investigations have got too close. Regan is furious, he thinks Pringle, has handled the case all wrong. Pringle, who is Regan’s superior, tells Regan to drop his own investigations into Bishop. Of course there is no chance of that.

Regan is convinced that the answer to catching Bishop lies with his dog Archimedes. Bishop is obsessed with the dog and has had to leave him behind. Regan is right of course, Bishop’s men are planning to secretly get the dog to him. Unfortunately Moose, the man tasked with actually taking Archimedes to Bishop, takes the wrong dog to him…

Another classic episode, with a definite emphasis on comedy, full of clever dialogue from Troy Kennedy Martin and with lots of well known faces including Alfred Marks as the villainous Bishop, Margaret Nolan as his “girl” Betty, Peter Jeffrey as Pringle and Brian Glover as the unfortunate Moose.

There’s also a very groovy, organ led piece of instrumental music that plays at various points throughout the episode.

classic quote
Maynon: “How many men will you need to find the dog?”
Regan: “Just me and Carter should suffice.”
Maynon: “Over 50 square miles of forest?”
Regan: “We were both in the boy scouts at one time.”

The Sweeney Thin Ice Brian Glover

Another fabulous performance from Brian Glover as Moose, one of Bishop’s men. His delivery of the wrong dog does not go down well.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 16 January 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 3

cast
John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Morris Perry as Maynon
Alfred Marks as Bishop
Peter Jeffrey as Chief Superintendent Pringle
Brian Glover as Moose
Margaret Nolan as Betty
Bill Dean as Charlie Norton
Brian White as Stanley
John Flanagan as Mathews
Maurice O’Connell as Morgan
Martin Read as Thorpe
Ivan Beavis as Sergeant
Bridget Brice as Secretary
Robert Gillespie as Steward
Tony Aitken as Shipping Clerk

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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.

classic quote
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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