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Van der Valk: Thicker Than Water (ITV 11 Oct 1972, with Susan Travers)

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In Thicker Than Water the body of a well groomed young man is pulled from the canal by a dredger. As Van der Valk and Kroon investigate they discover links with both The Hague and London. Van der Valk thinks he has identified the body but the man’s mother insists it’s not him. Van der Valk is convinced she is lying.

Proving again that this is a show for grown ups the plot touches heavily on homosexuality and transvestitism. A large section of the audience would have no doubt been horrified by the scenes inside the drag club.

There is a very groovy version of the theme tune that accompanies Van der Valk on his trawl through the city’s red light district.

Van Der Valk Thicker Than Water

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 11 October 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Geoffrey Gilbert / Production Design: Roger Allan / Director: David Wickes

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 5

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Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Susan Travers as Arlette Van de Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Richard Smith as Peter Hackforth
Martin Wyldeck as Samson
Michael Lees as Dr Roest
Joyce Heron as Hilda Ruysbroek
Pauline Letts as Muriel Hackforth
David Leland as Madam Arthur
Billy Hamon as Saskia

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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

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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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