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The Sweeney Trojan Bus George Layton and Patrick Mower The Sweeney Trojan Bus George Layton and Patrick Mower


The Sweeney: Trojan Bus (ITV 3 Nov 1975, with George Layton)



In Trojan Bus it’s a very quick return for Aussie Larrikins Colin and Ray who are back from their sojourn in Rio and up to their old tricks. They have teamed up with Nancy who works for a high profile art gallery. They have the opportunity to get their hands on a Goya and need to find someone to sell it on to.

Jack has a real bee in his bonnet about the pair and is determined that this time they will not get the better of him. Regan detests the fact that they are thought of as a pair of happy go lucky petty crooks but after all as Regan says these are villains who are willing to use a shotgun to make a point. It’s a valid statement from Jack too, they may be out for fun but they Colin and Ray do have a hard edge – witness the scene where Ray uses a sock filled with coins to knock out art dealer Geisler.

Regan is 100% convinced there will be a woman on the inside and the trail very quickly leads to Nancy.

It’s another fun filled frolic of an episode, Colin and Ray’s Aussie accents are just as wayward as in the Golden Fleece episode, the plot is clever (Colin and Ray even steal a bus at one stage) the dialogue is fun and the soundtrack is groovy, a mixture of Ragtime music ala The Sting movie for Colin and Ray scenes and funky jazz rock for the rest.

Besides the return of George Layton and Patrick Mower the episode also features the gorgeous Lynda Bellingham as the girl on the inside and Frederick Jaeger as the art collector who wants the painting. Other familiar faces include Leslie Dwyer and Roger Sloman. Page 3 model and game show hostess Gillian Duxbury plays Goldman’s girlfriend.

According to the TV Times of the week 1 Nov 1975 the planned episode was to be Thou Shalt Not Kill. In the end that episode closed out the season.

The Sweeney Trojan Bus Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham is Nancy.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 3 November 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Roger Marshall / Director: Ted Childs

Series: The Sweeney Season 2 Episode 9

John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Patrick Mower as Colin McGruder
George Layton as Ray Stagpole
Lynda Bellingham as Nancy
Robert Dorning as Geisler
Frederick Jaeger as Goldman
Leslie Dwyer as Ted Greenhead
Carol Macready as Kath
Roger Sloman as Cosby
Frederick Schiller as Austrian Tourist
Gillian Duxbury as Goldman’s Girlfriend



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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