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Villains: Knocker (ITV 16 Sep 1972, with Bob Hoskins)

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Bob Hoskins takes centre stage in Knocker and again it’s the immediate aftermath of the robbery and the sex obsessed Knocker is looking for a safe haven with one of his numerous ex-girlfriends.

His old mate Vic, who is looking after the remains of Knocker’s cut of the robbery, fixs him up with the none too friendly Sandra. Meanwhile large scale villain Mr Lillicoe wants to take advantage of Knocker’s safe blowing skills whether he is interested or not.

It’s another brilliant performance from Bob Hoskins, at times the episode descends into farce, not least when former girlfriend Penny turns up quickly followed by Sandra. It turns into something of a 70’s male fantasy as both girls end up in bed together but Knocker is unable to “perform”

With his complete obsession with the opposite sex and sex itself Knocker could easily be considered something of a proto Arthur Parker, the character Hoskins played in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven.

Michael Turner who plays the villainous Mr Lillicoe would go on to take the lead in the final series of LWT’s New Scotland Yard.

“I love tea after, but not instead of.” – Sandra

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 16 September 1972 at 9.30pm

Writer: Robin Chapman / Production Design: Colin Pigott / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Villains Episode 9 (of 13)

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Bob Hoskins as Knocker
Jackie Pallo Jr as Boy
Katie Allan as Girl
Leslie Schofield as Vic
Elaine Donnelly as Merle
Pam Scotcher as Sandra
Peter Childs as Lillicoe’s man
Valerie Holliman as Penny
Michael Turner as Mr Llilicoe
Pamela Vezey as Sandra’s mum
Colin Rix as Uniformed policeman
Mervyn Hastings as Policeman
Brian Grellings as Plainsclothes officer
Maurice O’Connell as Plainclothess officer

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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

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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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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