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Van der Valk: A Death by the Sea (ITV 29 Aug 1973, with Patrick Allen)



In A Death by the Sea prominent businessman Van Teeseling goes for a moonlight skinny dip in the ocean with his wife but only he returns. Several days later the dead body of his wife washes ashore. Van der Valk is convinced that Van Teeseling has deliberately killed his wife. Piet believes that Van Teeseling has another woman hidden away somewhere but after weeks of close surveillance he has nothing on him. His boss Halsbeek (who is newly returned to Amsterdam but knows Van der Valk of old and has an antagonistic relationship with him) tells him to back off, instead Van der Valk arranges for Stribos to go off-duty and keep Van Teeseling still under watch. Even though Van der Valk discovers Van Teeseling has a lover he is unable to dig up any proof of murder.

Joanna Dunham, who plays Lucienne in this episode, would return to the series for it’s third season in 1977 as Arlette, taking over from Susan Travers who had given up acting.

Van der Valk Death by the Sea Sydney Tafler

Sydney Tafler plays Van der Valk’s superior Halsbeek.

As season two opens we get the same fabulous theme tune but get a new title sequence featuring Van der Valk driving around the city, showing off some of it’s famous canals and making plain the fact that this series does not take place in Britain.

The show was also given the accolade of a TV Times cover (25 Aug 1973 issue) to herald it’s return. There was a two page article inside that focused on novelist Nicolas Freeling, who created the character, and why he recently killed the Dutch detective off.

Van der Valk Death by the Sea Joanna Dunham

In this episode Joanna Dunham plays Lucienne, the girlfriend of Van Teeseling. When the third season started she took on the role of Arlette in place of Susan Travers.

classic quote
Van Tesseling: “Haven’t you ever gone for a nude swim with your wife.”
Van der Valk: “We bath together occasionally.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 29 August 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Neville Green, Mike Hall / Director: Don Leaver

Series: Van der Valk Season 2 Episode 1

Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Dave Carter as Stribos
Sydney Tafler as Halsbeek
Patrick Allen as Van Teeseling
Mark Jones as Martin
Karin MacCarthy as Doctor
Jack May as Minister
Joanna Dunham as Lucienne
Richard Simpson as Jeweller
Harold Reese as Caretaker



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




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

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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Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

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