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Villains: Smudger (ITV 30 Sep 1972, with Jim Norton)

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When Eddie Smedley aka Smudger escaped with the rest of the “Bog Robbers” he almost didn’t go through with it. Now he has escaped he has taken refuge with two old pals Sam and Benny. Of course their real motivation is to get their hands on Smudger’s £30,000 – his share of the robbery. Smudger though has already given the money to someone to look after for his son.

Flashbacks show how Smedley’s “career” started at a very young age spending much of his youth in Borstal and how he met George (leader of the gang) in prison many years before. Smudger has has spent so much time in prison that he can’t actually cope with being on the outside.

A pretty sad episode all in all with a strong performance from Jim Norton as Smudger, it’s another episode that’s heavy on the flashbacks but they do work as each look back unwraps another layer of what makes Smudger tick.

There are a couple of great performances too from a cast against type Timothy West as petty villain Benny and a playing to type Alan Lake as his “oppo” Sam.

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 30 September 1972

Writer: Jonathan Hales / Production Design: Frank Nerini / Director: Jim Goddard

Series: Villains Episode 11 (of 13)

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Jim Norton as Smedley
David Daker as George
Timothy West as Benny
Alan Lake as Sam
Vicky Ireland as Margot
Dorothy White as Irene
Jean Marlowe as Woman in Cafe
Alan Cullen as Magistrate
Linda Renwick as Probation Officer
Malcolm Rogers as Schoolmaster
Eric Mason as Borstal Master
Liz McKenzie as Smedley’s Mother
Stanley McGeach as Vicar
Paul Brandon as Boy Smedley
Herbert Norville as Borstal Boy
Patricia Fletcher as Little Girl

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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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