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Villains: Billy Boy (ITV 14 Oct 1972, with William Marlowe)

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William Marlowe takes centre stage as Bill Whittaker for the second time in the episode Billy Boy, of all the villains Marlowe was the most prominent. As the episode begins Bill is back in prison having been recaptured, he is surprised to find himself sharing a cell with George who seems to have recovered somewhat from almost losing an arm in the previous episode Grass. We also learn that George’s girlfriend Franca had been given an 18 month sentence for “harbouring” George.

Much of the episode takes place in flashback as Billy pays a visit to his estranged brother Eric whom he hasn’t seen for 15 years. Eric isn’t there when he gets there but his wife Caroline and daughter Janice are. Despite not being at all happy to see Bill it is clear there is some past history between Caroline and Bill. There is even some suggestion that Janice is actually Bill’s daughter.

The episode and the series ends on a very downbeat note with George and fellow cellmate Creaker discovering that Bill has hanged himself. The final line in the series goes to George… “You beat them Billy Boy. In the end.”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 14 October 1972 at 9.30pm

Writer: Andrew Brown / Production Design: Frank Nerini / Director:  Robert Tronson

Series: Villains Episode 13 (of 13)

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William Marlowe as Bill Whittaker
David Daker as George
Herbert Ramskill as Creaker
Vanessa Payne as Caroline
Alex Marshall as Janice
George Baizley as Mechanic
David Burke as Eric

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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

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

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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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