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Wilde Alliance: Question Of Research (ITV 17 Jan 1978, Donald Burton)

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In Question of Research successful author Rupert Wilde and his artist wife Amy are more than a little surprised to find themselves targeted by the secret service. Their flat has been bugged and new maid Camilla seems more than a little too interested in going through Rupert’s personal papers than in keeping house. As the Wilde’s try to get to the bottom of what is going on the trail leads them to an army commander whom Rupert had been corresponding with over research details for his latest novel.

A great opener, setting out the excellent relationship between Amy and Rupert very well indeed. The duo have a nice line in bickering but with an underlying loving relationship clearly defined. The humour level is high and the mystery level is quite low, how the series is as a whole in fact. Rupert’s agent Christopher is also well to the fore here badgering Rupert to get on with his writing. We also learn that it is Amy who does the bulk of the work on Rupert’s novels. Patrick Newell makes the first of his occasional appearances as blue movie maker Bailey who lives in the flat below the Wildes. There is a good touch in fact about the Wilde’s flat in the opening scenes with Amy arriving back from shopping and riding her bike into the grounds of quite a prominent estate but it’s undergone a conversion and is now apartments!

classic quote
“You should work to rule.”
“Rupert made all the rules.”

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 17 January 1978 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Ian Mackintosh / Production Design: Alan Pickford, Peter Caldwell / Director: Derek Bennett

Series: The Wilde Alliance Episode 1 of 13

guest cast
JEROME WILLIS as Ladbroke
DONALD BURTON as Platton
JUDY BUXTON as Camilla
PATRICK NEWELL as Bailey
ROBIN PARKINSON as Jack
ROBERT BLYTHE as Telephone Engineer
WILLIAM HUMBERT as Geoffrey
SEBASTIAN ABINERI as Corporal
RAYMOND ADAMSON as Vice-Chief
PAUL WILLIAMSON as Wing Commander

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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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