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The Sweeney: Trust Red (ITV 28 Sep 1978, with John Ronane)

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In Trust Red safe cracker Red, in his mid-forties, feels that he is getting too old. He feels responsible for the death of one his fellow gang members in their last job. He wants out but doesn’t know how to get out.

It’s another downbeat episode, the series has been lacking in something of it’s earlier fun spirit this season and feels tougher, Regan has even taken to wearing a leather jacket. The boys are clearly getting older, and feeling it too.

Under rated actor John Ronane is chief guest star as Red, he, like Regan, is starting to feel his age. Ronane was appearing fellow crime drama Strangers around this time too.

Sara Clee, who plays Red’s much younger and pregnant girlfriend Jo, was for once playing to her age. She was best known for her role in teen drama The Siege of Golden Hill.

This episode also sees the first appearance this season of Haskins, even then it’s little more than a cameo.

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Haskins is back, albeit briefly.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 28 September 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Richard Harris / Director: Ted Childs

Series: The Sweeney Season 4 Episode 4

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John Thaw as Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman as George Carter
Garfield Morgan as Frank Haskins
John Ronane as Red
John J. Carney as Eric
Sara Clee as Jo
John Alkin as Daniels
Gretchen Franklyn as Charlady
Nigel Humphreys as Con
Hilary Crane as Jean
Anthony O’Donnell as Maurice
Tim Thomas as Billy Boy
Alec Linstead as Optician

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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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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