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Will Shakespeare: Alms For Oblivion (ITV 20 Jun 1978 with Nicholas Clay)

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 20 June 1978

Writer: John Mortimer / Director: Mark Cullingham

Series: Will Shakespeare / Episode 2 of 6

London 1593: The capital is in the grip of a plague but Shakespeare’s stock is rising. When Mistress Rice dies though it looks like Will’s latest play Henry IV might be shut down if the news gets out. Her manipulative son Jack agrees to keep quiet about the death if Shakespeare lets him play the lead female role in the play.

A strong episode showing how Shakespeare’s fame is growing. In Elizabethan times there were no female actors and the roles were all played by males, Ron Cook is particularly good as the scheming Jack Rice who is determined to get his own way and of course once he (and the rest of the players) have lied, he has Will right where he wants him.

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NICHOLAS CLAY as The Earl of Southampton
PAUL FREEMAN as Dick Burbage
JOHN NORMINGTON as Alex Cooke
RONALD HERDMAN as Sam Crosse
DEREK ROYLE as William Kempe
MICHAEL HADLEY as Augustine Phillips
RON COOK as Jack Rice
ROGER LLOYD PACK as Jack Heminge
RICHARD CORDERY as Henry Condell
FRED BRYANT as William Slye
IRENE SUNTERS as Mistress Rice
SHIRLEY CHERITON as Kate
MILTON JOHNS as Dr Alcibiades
MATTHEW TAYLOR as Hercules
Musicians played by CITY WAITES

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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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

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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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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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