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Wilde Alliance: Express From Rome (ITV 7 Mar 1978 with David Swift)

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In Express From Rome, Rupert and Amy are travelling in Europe via night train, ostensibly as part of a romantic getaway/research trip travelling via train as Rupert is a dreadfully nervous flyer. They are soon embroiled in a sinister mystery of course, one that involves damsels in distress and possible Russian spies.

An ITC style episode with establishing shots of Rome and then straight back to the UK TV studio interiors before turning into a version of one those classic British black and white movies of the 1930’s like Rome Express (bit of a giveaway with the title) and also the likes of The Lady Vanishes and Night Train to Munich. Good fun though and with lots of dodgy accents amongst the supporting cast too!

Wilde Alliance Express From Rome

David Swift as Waldemar and Tony Anholt as Alex.

classic quote
“This compartment is taken”
“yes it is, by us I’m afraid.”

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast: Tuesday 7 March 1978 @9.00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Marc Miller

Series: Wilde Alliance Episode 8 of 13

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JOHN STRIDE as Rupert Wilde
JULIA FOSTER as Amy Wilde
DAVID SWIFT as Waldemar
MADELINE HINDE as Christina
TONY ANHOLT as Alex
ALEX DAVION as Ezio
TIMOTHY MORAND as Sergio
JOHN BARRARD as Giuseppe
TREVOR RAY as Jonquet
JOHN REES as Lerond
PETER WELCH as Remetter
APRIL WALKER as Helga

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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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