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Hazell - The Complete Second Series (Three Discs) (DVD) [1978]

Nicholas Ball    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Nicholas Ball
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADY42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nicholas Ball stars in his best-known role as a tough, charismatic private detective in this hit Thames series, first aired in 1978 and 1979 and created by journalist and novelist Gordon Williams, and future England coach Terry Venables. Hazell paid homage to classic film noir while boasting rounded characterisations, sparkling Cockney dialogue and highly credible action scenes, all set in the kind of seedy London locations that would be revisited in Minder - the series created by screenwriter Leon Griffiths following his work on Hazell; other high-profile writers here include Trevor Preston (The Sweeney) and author Richard Harris (A Touch of Frost). Following the curtailment of his police career after an injury and subsequent slide into alcoholism, the newly reformed James Hazell sets himself up as a private eye. Utterly ruthless when he needs to be, Hazell is also blessed with a breezy charm, effortless style, robust sense of humour and the ability to think on his feet - vital when tackling blackmail, missing persons cases, organised crime and the drugs trade... or dour Scottish CID adversary 'Choc' Minty (played to perfection by Roddy McMillan). Desmond McNamara stars as Hazell's cousin and assistant Tel, with Barbara Young as landlady and sometime employer Dot - one of British TV's first regular gay characters; a memorably raunchy theme, composed by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay, provided a Top 40 hit for blues/rock singer Maggie Bell. This long-awaited DVD release presents all twelve episodes of Series Two, complete and uncut. Special Feature: Interview with Nicholas Ball

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5.0 out of 5 stars When ITV was good 16 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
Series 2 starts of with a new direction for Hazell but straight away he is in his usual bother. I agree with the 1st reviewer that there are one or 2 eps that are not to the standard of series 1, with the episode written by Trevor Preston a huge letdown and also the episode 'Hazell gets the Part' not in keeping with the usual tone of the show.

However this aside there are some fantastic writing by Leon Griffiths, Willis Hall and more.

In my opinion the last episode is fantastic, wonderfully shoot with a moody atmosphere throughout.

Performances are brilliant, Nicholas Ball is great as Hazell and Desmond Mcnamara is entertaining as Cousin Tel. Many guest stars appear including Billy Murray, Ken Hutchinson, John Bindon and Brian Glover. The best performance by any of the guest stars has to be by the late Ronald Lacey in the episode entitled 'Hazell and the happy couple'. Lacey performs a quite unhinged performance of a man who is going to go off the boil at any minute - honestly you don't see this type of performance on TV anymore.

I would definitely recommend you buy this DVD as after series 2 there was no more, Nicholas Ball mentions on the special features why that was and its a shame.

If you like your private eye, noir, jazzy score, un-patronising old school british TV, you will love this - BUY IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Great 5 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Not as consistently great as the first series due to two silly episodes - one ripping The Maltese Falcon and another on a film set, but cast is always strong and Hazell and Cousin Tel are a joy to watch. The final episode is top notch noir. Video quality is very good. The interview with Nicholas Ball could have been more probing and longer.
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