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Van der Valk: Elected Silence (ITV 4 Oct 1972, with Michael Sheard)

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In Elected Silence well to do publisher Paul Harkemer is receiving strange threats (including one involving a death threat pinned to a hearse outside his office) – his daughter has also been missing for 12 days. Harkemer thinks she may have been kidnapped but elected not to inform the police. Van der Valk is sure he is hiding something and takes him into custody.

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Van der Valk visits Harkemer’s wife Beryl.

A kidnap demand is received via a message recorded onto cassette but unfortunately the girl then turns up dead. Harkemer’s daughter had become involved with drink and drugs as well as with a local pop group, the leader of which, Felix Alkmaar, she had also become involved with. In the shake down it turns out that the dead girl and Alkmaar may both be the offspring of Paul Harkemer.

Another hard hitting episode that doesn’t pull it’s punches, as always though with shows of the early seventies whenever a hippy appears they are always somewhat caricatured.

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1970’s example of a caricatured hippy.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 4 October 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Geoffrey Gilbert / Production Design: Tony Borer / Director: Douglas Camfield

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 4

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Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Alain Haines as Mertens
Martin Wyldeck as Samson
Michael Sheard as Paul Harkemer
Lillias Walker as Beryl Harkemer
Miranda Hampton as Bar manageress
Michael Lees as Dr Roest
Maria O’Brien as Pauline Eindhovern
Dave Carter as Stribos
Damien Thomas as Felix Alkmaar

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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.

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

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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