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Van der Valk: Rich Man, Poor Man (ITV 3 Oct 1973, with Roy Boyd)

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In Rich Man, Poor Man Van der Valk gets involved with a group of Yugoslavian immigrants who may be implicated in an explosion at a factory that reconditions farm machinery. One of the employees, Leo, is badly injured but refuses to implicate the two main suspects, brothers Anton and Peko Kovacic.

Then a barber in a poor area is found murdered. When Van der Valk and Kroon investigate they discover that the barber was living well beyond his mean. Further digging reveals that not only did the barber own the machinery plant he was also a loan shark. The Kovavcic’s had taken a loan to buy a tractor to send back to their parent’s farm but the tractor was a dud and the brothers wanted revenge. They insist that they had nothing to do with murder and there is a distinct lack of evidence…

Van der Valk Rich Man Poor Man

The outcome is not quite what you’d expect, interesting to see how the “aliens” are treated by the authorities too. The plot doesn’t quite stand up, quite why the murder victim would spend all his time working in a run down barbershop in the poor end of town when he making very large amounts of money from his other “business” interests doesn’t really add up. Some good guest appearances though from the likes of Roy Boyd, Christopher Benjamin and Jane Lapotaire.

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 3 October 1973 at 9.00pm

Writer: David Butler / Production Design: Mike Hall, Neville Green / Director: Douglas Camfield

Series: Van der Valk Season 2 Episode 6

cast
Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
David Webb as Leo
Roy Boyd as Anton Kovacic
Keith Buckley as Peko Kovacic
Jane Lapotaire as Elly
Christopher Benjamin as Mulder
Rod Beacham as Technician
Kay Gallie as Nurse
Julian Somers as Dijker
Beth Harris as Miss Texel
Stegan Gryff as Havranek
Peter Weston as Policeman
Peter Vidovic as Waiter

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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

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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