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Villains: Chas (ITV 12 Aug 1972, Caroline Blakiston, Stephen Yardley)

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In Chas, Rene is trying to track down her husband, one of the bog robbers who escaped en route to their appeal, he hasn’t been seen since and neither has his £30,000 share of the robbery. Everybody says Chas is a good man, not a single enemy outside of the police but nobody appears to have a clue where he is.

Jimmy, the young man who has been scrupulously cleaning Chas’s car every week is also clearly hiding things. Matter come to a head when Roy, the barman investigates and discovers money hidden in a tyre in Chas’s garage.

The episode ends on a pretty violent note, especially for the time period, with Jimmy taking matters into his own hands.

Despite being the title character Chas only appears in this through the clever use of photographs as more about what actually happened to him is revealed.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 12 August 1972 at 9.30pm

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Frank Nerini / Director: James Goddard

Series: Villains Episode 4 (of 13)

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Caroline Blakiston as Rene
Richard Harbond as Jimmy
Stephen Yardley as Erskine
Donald Webster as Blythe
Doreen Herrington as Housewife
Ron Pember as Mush
Brian Hall as Roy
Brian Pettifer a Youth
Sheila Sands as Stripper
William Marlowe as Bill

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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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