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Villains: Belinda (ITV 2 Sep 1972, with Gwyneth Powell)

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In Belinda, written by the always brilliant John Bowen, Belinda Patten is a bank teller who was caught up in the “bog robbers” raid – she gave information to one of the gang Bill but has never been caught. She is also holding on to a large cache of money.

Belinda has also just discovered she is pregnant and decides to spill the beans to her probation officer husband James who is less than impressed. It isn’t too long before the money begins to cast a spell over him, especially when he reads in the paper that Bill has been seen in Rio.

James’ desire to help an old man, Delphine, pay off a debt that would enable him to be put in an old people’s home brings the police into play – instead of paying off the debt Delphine begins spending it.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 2 September 1972 at 9.30pm

Writer: John Bowen / Production Design: Colin Pigott / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Villains Episode 7 (of 13)

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Gwyneth Powell as Belinda
Colin Farrell as James Patten
Barbara Laurenson as Secretary
Aubrey Richard a Delphine
Michael Cashman as Charlie
William Marlowe as Bill
Georgine Anderson as Health Visitor
Alfred Maron as Shopkeeper
Colin McCormack as Detective

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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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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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