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Wilde Alliance: Danny Boy (ITV 21 Feb 1978 with Ed Bishop)

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In Danny Boy Rupert and Amy are meeting an American producer who wants to turn one of Rupert’s books into a film but Rupert is concerned about the wholesale changes he wants to make to the plot. Adding to the drama is Rupert’s obsession with a gangster type he sees in a hotel restaurant, he is convinced there is a story to be told about the man and when he then sees him again at the airport watching the arrival of an American singer he is sure of it. He persuades his agent Christopher Bridgewater to look into the man’s background for him…

It’s amazing how many of these 1970’s shows Ed Bishop pops up in, surely one of the most in demand actors of the decade thanks in no small part to his strong accent that see him as first choice whenever an American or Canadian is required.

Also as the series progresses John Lee’s role as Bridgewater gets a little more substantial, he works nicely as a foil for some of Rupert’s more extravagant ideas too. Tasmanian born Lee actually had quite a strong career both in the UK and in Australia, throughout most of the 1970’s he was based in Britain but quite soon after the end of Wilde Alliance returned to Australia.

Wilde Alliance Danny Boy

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“If you were any slower you’d be in the last century”

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast: Tuesday 21st February 1978 @9.00pm

Writer: Ian Mackintosh / Production Design: Peter Caldwell / Director: Bob Hird

Series: Wilde Alliance Episode 6 of 13

cast
JOHN STRIDE as Rupert Wilde
JULIA FOSTER as Amy Wilde
JOHN LEE as Christopher Bridgewater
ED BISHOP as Wingman
JACQUIE SULLIVAN as Carole
DAVID KING as Benedict
LEON LISSEK as Hank
PATRICK JORDAN as Adler
TONY GOODALL as Diner
NORMAN GEORGE as Violinist

 

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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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