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Thick as Thieves: The Homecoming (ITV 1 Jun 1974, with Johnny Briggs)

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In The Homecoming, after spending three years in prison George Dobbs is looking forward to nothing more than getting home to loving arms of his wife Annie – he is less than happy to discover that his best mate Stan has moved in. Annie also makes it plain that this is no mere infatuation and that she and Stan are together.

After a heart to heart down the pub Stan agrees to move out but unfortunately trips down the stairs on his way out and ends up confined to bed!

The opening episode sets up the premise nicely, John Thaw’s performance is a little broad but Bob Hoskins is spot on as the cuckolded Dobbsy. Pat Ashton puts in a strong performance too as Annie.

Coronation Street’s Johnny Briggs is among the minor players as a drinker in the pub.

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Dobbs: “I suppose Stanley is the object of your erotic fantasies now then.”
Annie: “No it’s still Peter Wyngarde”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×25 minute episodes / Broadcast Saturday 1 June 1974 at 8.30pm

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Derrick Goodwin

Series: Thick as Thieves Episode 1 (of 8)

cast
Bob Hoskins as George Dobbs
John Thaw as Stan
Pat Ashton as Annie Dobbs
Reg Lye as Norman
Winnie Holman as Cleaning Lady
John J. Carney as Rainbow
Johnny Briggs as Spiggy

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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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