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Time For Murder: This Lightening Always Strikes Twice (ITV 23 Nov 1985, Charles Dance)

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In This Lightening Always Strikes Twice public school teacher James Latimer takes on a job home schooling 19 year old Sarah Penwarden, his ideas of earning a little extra on top of his less than ample salary are quickly put to one side as he becomes involved in the strange dynamics of the wealthy Penwardens. He quickly becomes a favourite and when he is offered a 99 year very cheap lease on the East Wing of the Penwarden home by Sarah’s elderly father he doesn’t realise just what a murderous environment he is in.

Quite a Dennis Potter-ish unsettling air about the piece and the Penwarden household is a very strange one to say the least. A stand out performance (one of his last too) from Trevor Howard whilst Charles Dance (in his prime here) is typically smooth and almost assumes the role of private detective midway through. There is also a small role for a young Simon Shepherd.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 23 November 1985

Writer: Michael Robson / Costumes: Esther Dean / Music: Paul Lewis / Production Design: Michael Grimes / Executive Producer: Michael Cox / Producer: Pieter Rogers / Director: David Carson

Series: Time For Murder Episode 3 of 6

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CHARLES DANCE as James Latimer
AMANDA ROOT as Sarah Penwarden
PATRICIA DRISCOLL as Ann Aysgarth
TIM SEELY as Weir
EMRYS JAMES as Chief Inspector Dryden
CLAIRE BLOOM as Lady Penwarden
TREVOR HOWARD as Sir Daniel Penwarden
SIMON SHEPHERD as Lawrence Penwarden
JULIA GOODMAN as Julie Penwarden

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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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