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Thriller: Possession (ITV 21 Apr 1973, Joanna Dunham)

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In Possession, the second episode of Thriller, a newly married couple move into a house in the country. Things are all very good at first but soon the wife is convinced that something strange is going on and that the house may in fact be haunted. Things get even more bizarre when a skeleton is discovered in the cellar by a builder. Matters come to a head and the couple decide to bring a medium in to investigate. It seems events are linked to a murder that happened in the house in 1953.

Fabulous! A strong atmosphere right from the beginning and one that helps set the Thriller house style – the country house, possible supernatural elements, the wayward scream, cut to an extreme close up and not to forget the final sting in the tale!

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“it’s got atmosphere, it’s definitely got atmosphere”

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UK / ITV Network – ATV – ITC / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 21 April 1973

Writer: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Henry Graveney / Producer: John Sichel / Director: John Cooper

Series: Thriller Season 1 Episode 2

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JOHN CARSON as Ray Burns
JOANNA DUNHAM as Penny Burns
HILARY HARDIMAN as Cecily Rafting
ATHOL COATS as Mr Filson
JAMES COSSINS as Kellet
RICHARD AYLEN as Inspector Miles
JACK GALLOWAY as Young Man
MARY ANN SEVERNE as Young Woman

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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

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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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