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The Sweeney: I Want The Man (ITV 10 Nov 1975, with Russell Hunter)

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In I Want the Man one of Regan’s snouts, Popeye, gives him some info on a recent jewellery blag. An exchange of the proceeds is taking place in a restaurant but The Sweeney only manage to small time villain Frankie Little. He will only reveal that the blag was to finance a bigger job.

Meanwhile Popeye has been kidnapped by the gang after they discover he has been talking.

Regan agrees to go easy on Little if he acts as inside man with the gang, he agrees but gang leader Maynard has his own plans for Little. Luckily Little has told his daughter that if he doesn’t come home she is to ring the Sweeneyand give them a heads up.

Quite a convoluted episode that comes together in a classic bit of Sweeney action as Regan and the boys catch Maynard’s gang right in the thick of it as they try to take out a van loaded with used notes en route to the incinerator.

Russell Hunter as the weak Popeye is almost unrecognisable in his super thick lensed glasses. Roy Kinnear does his weaselly turn extremely well as usual and the underrated Michael Coles is gang leader Maynard.

The Sweeney I Want The Man

Russell Hunter is Popeye and Michael Coles is Maynard.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 10 November 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: The Sweeney Season 1 Episode 11

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John Thaw as Regan
Dennis Waterman as Carter
Garfield Morgan as Haskins
Roy Kinnear as Frankie Little
Michael Coles as Maynard
Russell Hunter as Popeye
Elizabeth Cassidy as Sandy Little
Peter Halliday as Chief Inspector Gordon
Patsy Dermott as Christine
Henry Woolfe as Jimmy Dancer
Walter McGonagle as Bell
John Alkin as Daniels
John Gleason as Flying Squad Officer

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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

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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