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The Old Men At The Zoo: A Tall Story (BBC-2 15 Sep 1983 with Jan Harvey)

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UK / BBC-2 / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 15 September 1983

Series: The Old Men at the Zoo / Episode One

“You may not be aware of it Carter but during the great land slump of 1984 I bought up most of Wales, I don’t mean the smelly bits with the people in it.”

In the near future, American Simon Carter arrives to take up his new position at London Zoo, things are in Chaos following the accidental death of a keeper. Meanwhile Britain is on the verge of a nuclear war with the major Arabian oil producers. The board and curators of the Zoo are keen to see a move take place but they may not have time.

A confusing and noisy opening ten minutes gives way to a brilliant piece of television, stunning script from Sweeney writer Troy Kennedy Martin and some strong performances from a mainly older cast. Right from the opening too the portents are there.

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RICHARD WORDSWORTH as Matthew Price
SHELAGH FRASER as Diana Price
JAN HARVEY as Harriet Leacock
BARRY STANTON as Strawson
PRISCILLA MORGAN as Mrs Purrett
JACQUIE CASSIDY as Maryon
JOHN BARRARD as Old Filson
PEGGYANN CLIFFORD as Mrs Filson
JILL MEAGHER, MADHAV SHARMA as Newscasters
CHRISTOPHER OWEN as Interviewer at Heliport
DEIDRE LEE as Kay
KILIAN McKENNA as Gate-Keeper
TIM FAULKNER as Merton
HELEN DUVALL as Receptionist
PAMELA DALE as Doris
KIPPER ELLIS as Violet Carter
ALAN RENTON as Reggie Carter

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

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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

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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

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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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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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