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Time For Murder: Thirteenth Day Of Christmas (ITV 14 Dec 1985)

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In Thirteenth Day Of Christmas a festive card game get together with old friends takes on murderous intent for Gilbert and Evelyn Smith when their mentally ill son Richard becomes fixated by the idea that his real father was killed and replaced by Gilbert.

Like all of the Time For Murders this was basically a return to the early days of UK TV with small number of sets, this one is very dialogue heavy and most of the action takes place around the card table with tension being cranked by judicious cutting away to the disturbed Richard. Very sinister though.

Gordon Honeycombe is probably best remembered these days for being newsreader during the early years of ITV breakfast show TV-AM.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 14 December 1985

Writer: Gordon Honeycombe / Costumes: Esther Dean / Music: Paul Lewis / Production Design: Michael Grimes / Executive Producer: Michael Cox / Producer: Pieter Rogers / Director: Patrick Lau

Series: Time For Murder Episode 6 of 6

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PATRICK ALLEN as Gilbert Smith
ELIZABETH SPRIGGS as Evelyn Smith
JOHN WHEATLEY as Richard Smith
JOAN MOON as Juliet Smith
JAMES BREE as Bill Norton
RHODA LEWIS as Meg Norton

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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

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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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