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Van der Valk: Destroying Angel (ITV 20 Sep 1972, with Artro Morris)

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In Destroying Angel Van der Valk and Kroon investigate the suspected poisoning that has led to the death of a man who had been living in a seedy boarding house/knocking shop. The investigation leads Van der Valk into another case involving a fatal car crash that happened in France 20 years before. Inevitably the two are closely linked.

The seedy underbelly of Amsterdam is very much at the centre of this episode with both drugs and prostitution a major part of the story. Also there is more of Van der Valk at home with wife Arlette (they also go out for drinks too), something of a rarity for a TV cop, Piet Van de Valk has a settled home life.

Van der Valk Destroying Angel

Van der Valk at home with his wife Arlette (Susan Travers).

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 20 September 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Michael Chapman / Production Design: Peter Le Page / Director: Graham Evans

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 2

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Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Trevor Martin as Patrolman
Artro Morris as Georges Martin
Geoirge Howe as Sartorius
Jonathan Newth as Chemist
James Cairncross as Dr Jagerman
Walter Brown as Mulder
Clifford Parrish as Pathologist
Patricia Quinn as Yvonne
Alan Haines as Mertens
Michael Hannah as Barman
Richard Hurndall as Picard
Julian d’Albie as The Baron

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

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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

cast
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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