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The Sweeney: Thou Shalt Not Kill (ITV 24 Nov 1975, with Dean Harris)



In action packed season two finale Thou Shalt Not Kill a group of villains atttempt to pull off a robbery at the National Mercian Bank but it goes wrong leading to a deadly shoot-out and a dangerous hostage situation.

As a crowd develops Regan leads the police operation to get the hostages out safely.

Much of the episode is devoted to the scene at the bank, with the tension mounting as the minutes tick by. Especially after Haskins turns up and he has to make a decision to allow the marksmen to fire if they get a clean shot. Dean Harris and Robert Lacey are excellent as Wands and Monk, the two villains who end up staying in the bank with the hostages as the rest of the gang attempt and fail to make a getaway.

The situation worsens when, to keep the hostages safe, Haskins agrees to let them go (taking the hostages and money with them). They are able to swap the tracked car they are in for a police car.

The episode was billed to air as the tenth episode of the season but Trojan Bus aired instead. It’s a very strong episode to close out the season though.

The Sweeney Thou Shalt Not Kill

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 24 November 1975

Writer: Ronald Graham / Director: Douglas Camfield

Series: The Sweeney Season 2 Episode 13

John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Ronald Lacey as Barry Monk
Dean Harris as Jimmy Wands
Harriet Philpin as Julie Coulson
Barrie Cookson as Assistant Commissioner
Oliver McFarland as Mrs Dowland
Nick Brimble as Gerry Burtonshaw
Nicholas McArdie as Inspector Wilson
Iris Russell as Miss Lewis
Hubert Rees as Reginald Dowland
Christopher Crooks as Frank Gough
Mike Lewin as Johnson
Stuart McGugan as Hicks
Sally Lahee as Bank Clerk
David Masterman as Greg

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Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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