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Van der Valk: One Herring’s Not Enough (ITV 13 Sep 1972, with Clifford Rose)

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In One Herring’s Not Enough Detective Van der Valk of the Amsterdam Police has an intriguing case to deal with. College lecturer Boersma walks in off the street claiming to have murdered his wife and her lover. Van der Valk sends Kroon to investigate and their is no evidence to suggest any kind of wrong doing.

The more Van der Valk investigates the more he discovers that Boersma seems to stuck in some kind of five year old time-warp. With no evidence of a crime Van der Valk lets him go but sets up surveillance on him.

Van Der Valk One Herring's Not Enough

Clifford Rose takes the chief guest star role here, he was a familiar TV face throughout the decade before achieving fame as the despised Kessler in Secret Army. Michael Turner, who had the lead in series four of New Scotland Yard also makes an appearance.

A good series opener, Barry Foster is excellent as our hero. His ire increasing as he gets further through the day without food. With it’s very cool opening title sequence and groovy theme tune it’s easy to see why the series was an immediate hit.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 13 September 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Michael Chapman / Production Design: David Marshall / Director: Dennis Vance

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 1

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Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Clifford Rose as Boersma
Colin McCormack as Sailor
Alain Haines as Brigadier Mertens
Dave Carter as Brigadier Stribos
Michael Turner as Dr Smeding

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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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