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Wilde Alliance: Things That Go Bump (ITV 7 Feb 1978)

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In Things That Go Bump Rupert’s agent Christopher buys a run down house in the country and is convinced he has seen a ghost there, he persuades the Wildes to spend the night in the place to find out if the place is haunted. All three of them end up getting a little more than they bargained for.

More akin to a Famous Five than a Hammer House of Horror and all the better for it but with a nice twist at the end that the ghost might just have been real. Good to see Marius Goring popping up as chief villain Rex too!

As always there are some nice comedic bits, especially when Rupert and Christopher have a game of table-tennis for a five pound wager. Christopher thinks he is in for an easy win but it turns out Rupert is a whizz on the table; Amy trying to tell a policeman what is going on and getting nowhere and an old friend of Christopher’s turning up announced and getting into an argument with Rupert (who utters “what a cow” as she departs) all very much tickle the funny bone.

Sean Arnold aka Chief Inspector Crozier from Bergerac pops up as an Henchman of Rex’s.

Wilde Alliance Things That Go Bump

classic quote
Amy: “Don’t you want to be a hero?”
Rupert: “Coward’s live a lot longer!”

production details
UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 7 February 1978 @ 9:00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Peter Caldwell / Director: Marc Miller

Series: The Wilde Alliance Episode 4 of 13

cast
JOHN STRIDE as Rupert Wilde
JULIA FOSTER as Amy Wilde
JOHN LEE as Christopher Bridgewater
MARIUS GORING as Rex
SEAN ARNOLD as Bert
DONALD LAYNE-SMITH as Norman
LAURA GRAHAM as Angela
JANINA FAYE as The Girl
PETER BIRREL as Policeman

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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.

classic quote
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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