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Wilde Alliance: Too Much, Too Often (ITV 31 Jan 1978, Isla Blair)

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In Too Much, Too Often, Amy and Rupert spend the weekend at the country estate of David and Helen Bardsley, David is highly obnoxious and is drinking heavily much to the disgust of Rupert. Events get out of hand during a clay pigeon shooting match which sees David almost taking a pot shot at Rupert, David then storms off and his car is then found abandoned. His business partner Leo then turns up

A fun episode with a mystery element that doesn’t even turn up until half way through. There is a good guest cast too with strong performances from the always reliable John Castle and the gorgeous Isla Blair. When Rupert has his near miss with David and the shotgun he immediately takes Amy to bed to recuperate and in a funny moment later dons a disguise to go on the trail of the missing David. Watch out too for a blink and you’ll miss it appearance from Barkley Johnson aka The Major from Fawlty Towers.

Wilde Alliance Too Much, Too Soon

Isla Blair as Helen Bardsley and Tony Steedman as Leo.

classic quote
“She was jumpy, jumpy as a”
“Please don’t say cat”
“Alright I won’t”

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UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 31 January 1978 @ 9:00pm

Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Alan Pickford / Director: Derek Bennett

Series: The Wilde Alliance /Episode 3 of 13

guest cast
JOHN CASTLE as David Bardsley
ISLA BLAIR as Helen Bardsley
TONY STEEDMAN as Leo
LYNDON HUGHES as Clare
BRIAN OSBORNE as Tom
JOHNNY ALLAN as Gunbearer
BARKLEY JOHNSON as Man With Dog

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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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