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Van der Valk: The Adventurer (ITV 18 Oct 2017, with Paul Eddington)

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In The Adventurer, the final episode of the first season, a Lebanese man, Peter Jamal, is killed in a car accident. He is carrying a gun and a press cutting about sculptor Wolf Gebhardt. Another man, Mahmud Fazan, who was in the car with him, has gone missing.

Gebhardt claims to know nothing about either man or why they should be interested in but Van der Valk is convinced that the men have arrived in Amsterdam to kill Gebhardt.

Van der Valk seems to instinctly know that Gebhardt is hiding something and also instinctively gets a bad feeling about the man. Mertens is tasked by Van der Valk to follow Gebhardt and ends up getting shot when he approaches Fazan.

A strong end to the season, having mentioned in passing that he was in the Africa Corps during WWII you think that maybe he was SS or something but it turns out that Gebhardt actually isn’t German at all.

Van der Valk The Adventurer

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“I watch life, it passes me by, but rarely am I involved in it.”

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 18 October 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Michael Chapman / Production Design: Bernard Spencer / Director: Peter Duguid

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 6

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Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Alan Haines as Mertens
Dave Carter as Stribos
Paul Eddington as Wolf Gebhardt
Roger Bisley as Mahmud Fazan
Harold Goldblatt as Paul Moen
Christian Thorogood as Patrolman
Helena McCarthy as Clerk
Christopher Matthews as Receptionist
Norman Scace as Officer of Justice
William Ellis as Vittorio Farrugia

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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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