James Hazeldine

British actor James Hazeldine was a well-known face both on British Television and on Stage. Best known for his role as Mike "Bayleaf" Wilson in the ITV drama, London's Burning (1988), many real-life firefighters thought Bayleaf was the character who closely and accurately portrayed your average real-life firefighter, a credit to his acting abilities. A meticulous performer, he was well-known for researching every part he played, and firmly believed that by accurately portraying a character the audience would feel much more involved in and enveloped by the performance. He played the role continuously for seven years from the serial's inception in 1988. (The character's sobriquet stemmed from a culinary bent for complex recipes). In a career spanning three decades, he also guested in such series as 'Boon' and 'Miss Marple', and, in the late 1980s, played the manager of the electrics company in Central's early-evening situation comedy, Young, Gifted and Broke (1989). In 1995, Hazeldine's character was written out of London's Burning of the actor's own volition, but he remained with the programme as a director. In years to come, he expanded his directing talents to encompass other UK drama serials, among them TV's The Knock (1994) and Heartbeat (1992). His acting CV also included sporadic film appearances, such as Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982). Although renowned as a television performer, he was also a respected stage actor, having trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company ...

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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Michael Jayston  •  Janet Suzman  •  Roderic Noble  •  Ania Marson

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Michael Jayston  •  Janet Suzman  •  Roderic Noble  •  Ania Marson

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Christine Hargreaves  •  James Laurenson  •  Eleanor David  •  Bob Geldof

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Christine Hargreaves  •  James Laurenson  •  Eleanor David  •  Bob Geldof

The Ruling Class (1972)

When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is mentally unfit to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alastair Sim  •  Arthur Lowe  •  Harry Andrews

When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is mentally unfit to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alastair Sim  •  Arthur Lowe  •  Harry Andrews

Emma (1996)

Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diarmuid Lawrence
CAST:  Kate Beckinsale  •  Bernard Hepton  •  Mark Strong  •  Samantha Bond

Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diarmuid Lawrence
CAST:  Kate Beckinsale  •  Bernard Hepton  •  Mark Strong  •  Samantha Bond

The Medusa Touch (1978)

A French detective in London reconstructs the life of a man lying in hospital with severe injuries with the help of journals and a psychiatrist. He realises that the man had powerful telekinetic abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Lino Ventura  •  Lee Remick  •  Harry Andrews

A French detective in London reconstructs the life of a man lying in hospital with severe injuries with the help of journals and a psychiatrist. He realises that the man had powerful telekinetic abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Richard Burton  •  Lino Ventura  •  Lee Remick  •  Harry Andrews

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Amyes
CAST:  Joan Hickson  •  Polly Adams  •  Cheryl Campbell  •  Tara MacGowran

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Amyes
CAST:  Joan Hickson  •  Polly Adams  •  Cheryl Campbell  •  Tara MacGowran

The National Health (1973)

Peter Nichols adapted his own hit play to the screen, based on his experiences in hospitals. A riotous black comedy that's as timely today as ever, it contrasts the appalling conditions in a overcrowded London hospital with a soap opera playing on the televisions ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Lynn Redgrave  •  Eleanor Bron  •  Jim Dale  •  Donald Sinden

Peter Nichols adapted his own hit play to the screen, based on his experiences in hospitals. A riotous black comedy that's as timely today as ever, it contrasts the appalling conditions in a overcrowded London hospital with a soap opera playing on the televisions ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Lynn Redgrave  •  Eleanor Bron  •  Jim Dale  •  Donald Sinden

Macbeth (1983)

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Nicol Williamson  •  Jane Lapotaire  •  Ian Hogg  •  Mark Dignam

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Nicol Williamson  •  Jane Lapotaire  •  Ian Hogg  •  Mark Dignam

Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002)

James Bolam portrays serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman in this made-for-TV drama. The film follows the story of Shipman, a general practitioner who throughout his career is believed to have killed as many as 250 of his patients. When the high death rate of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Bamford
CAST:  James Bolam  •  James Hazeldine  •  Micheal Stainton  •  Olive Pendleton

James Bolam portrays serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman in this made-for-TV drama. The film follows the story of Shipman, a general practitioner who throughout his career is believed to have killed as many as 250 of his patients. When the high death rate of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Bamford
CAST:  James Bolam  •  James Hazeldine  •  Micheal Stainton  •  Olive Pendleton

Business as Usual (1987)

After seeing her husband fail in fighting a battle to keep his factory open, a manageress loses her job in a disagreement with the manager over sexual harassment of her staff. She accepts the advice of her father and joins his son, a left-wing organizer, and takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lezli-An Barrett
CAST:  Glenda Jackson  •  John Thaw  •  Cathy Tyson  •  Mark McGann

After seeing her husband fail in fighting a battle to keep his factory open, a manageress loses her job in a disagreement with the manager over sexual harassment of her staff. She accepts the advice of her father and joins his son, a left-wing organizer, and takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lezli-An Barrett
CAST:  Glenda Jackson  •  John Thaw  •  Cathy Tyson  •  Mark McGann

Stardust (1974)

Jim MacLaine is now enjoying the nomadic 'gigs and groupies' life on tour with his band. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom, the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  David Essex  •  Adam Faith  •  Larry Hagman  •  Keith Moon

Jim MacLaine is now enjoying the nomadic 'gigs and groupies' life on tour with his band. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom, the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  David Essex  •  Adam Faith  •  Larry Hagman  •  Keith Moon

London's Burning: The Movie (1986)

A female firefighter joins the all male crew of Blue Watch, Blackwall Fire Station East London in the Jack Rosenthal penned film that launched the long running TV series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Blair
CAST:  Gary McDonald  •  James Marcus  •  James Hazeldine  •  Mark Arden

A female firefighter joins the all male crew of Blue Watch, Blackwall Fire Station East London in the Jack Rosenthal penned film that launched the long running TV series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Blair
CAST:  Gary McDonald  •  James Marcus  •  James Hazeldine  •  Mark Arden

My Friend Walter (1992)

Bess Throckmorton, a farmer's daughter from Devon, encounters an ancient relative who soon reveals himself to be the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh, determined to escape the Tower of London once and for all and return to Devon. When Sir Raleigh learns that a pair of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Prunella Scales  •  Polly Grant  •  Ronald Pickup  •  James Hazeldine

Bess Throckmorton, a farmer's daughter from Devon, encounters an ancient relative who soon reveals himself to be the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh, determined to escape the Tower of London once and for all and return to Devon. When Sir Raleigh learns that a pair of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Prunella Scales  •  Polly Grant  •  Ronald Pickup  •  James Hazeldine

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001)

It is 1997 and Adrian is now 30 and the Head Chef in a top Soho restaurant. He currently lives in the upstairs room of the restaurant; the rest of his family remain in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He is estranged from his wife Jo Jo, a Nigerian woman who has returned to her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Stephen Mangan  •  Helen Baxendale  •  Alison Steadman  •  Alun Armstrong

It is 1997 and Adrian is now 30 and the Head Chef in a top Soho restaurant. He currently lives in the upstairs room of the restaurant; the rest of his family remain in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He is estranged from his wife Jo Jo, a Nigerian woman who has returned to her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Stephen Mangan  •  Helen Baxendale  •  Alison Steadman  •  Alun Armstrong

Sovereign's Company (1970)

Sovereign's Company is the story of a boy from an army family with a long tradition of honour and distinction, who goes to a military academy as an officer cadet and finds himself temperamentally unsuited to the life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Roland Culver  •  Gareth Forwood  •  James Cosmo  •  Stephen Shepherd

Sovereign's Company is the story of a boy from an army family with a long tradition of honour and distinction, who goes to a military academy as an officer cadet and finds himself temperamentally unsuited to the life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Roland Culver  •  Gareth Forwood  •  James Cosmo  •  Stephen Shepherd

The Long Distance Piano Player (1970)

The first Play for Today  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Ray Davies  •  Norman Rossington  •  Lois Daine  •  James Hazeldine

The first Play for Today  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Ray Davies  •  Norman Rossington  •  Lois Daine  •  James Hazeldine

Everybody Say Cheese (1971)

Comedy play about a seaside photographer, Henry Hunter, who goes to Margate every year to work, staying with his friends Frank and Hylda. However, he is getting older, and his trade is dying out as people have their own instamatic cameras.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Roy Kinnear  •  Avis Bunnage  •  James Hazeldine

Comedy play about a seaside photographer, Henry Hunter, who goes to Margate every year to work, staying with his friends Frank and Hylda. However, he is getting older, and his trade is dying out as people have their own instamatic cameras.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Clarke
CAST:  Roy Kinnear  •  Avis Bunnage  •  James Hazeldine

Kisses at Fifty (1973)

A father leaves his grown-up family to move in with his lover in the south, alienating himself from his four children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Bill Maynard  •  Rosemarie Dunham  •  Marjorie Yates  •  James Hazeldine

A father leaves his grown-up family to move in with his lover in the south, alienating himself from his four children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Bill Maynard  •  Rosemarie Dunham  •  Marjorie Yates  •  James Hazeldine

For Services to Myself (1976)

A proud socialist and community activist wrestles with the decision to accept an honour from the Queen  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Flemyng
CAST:  Alan Dobie  •  Ronald Radd  •  Gwen Cherrell  •  James Hazeldine

A proud socialist and community activist wrestles with the decision to accept an honour from the Queen  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Flemyng
CAST:  Alan Dobie  •  Ronald Radd  •  Gwen Cherrell  •  James Hazeldine

Red Shift (1978)

Three men at three different times in history come to Mow Top hill in search of sanctuary from their troubles. A Roman soldier, a medieval rebel and a 1970s young man. Somehow they seem linked through an energy within the hill and an axe. Is history doomed to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Stephen Petcher  •  Lesley Dunlop  •  Bernard Gallagher  •  Stella Tanner

Three men at three different times in history come to Mow Top hill in search of sanctuary from their troubles. A Roman soldier, a medieval rebel and a 1970s young man. Somehow they seem linked through an energy within the hill and an axe. Is history doomed to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Stephen Petcher  •  Lesley Dunlop  •  Bernard Gallagher  •  Stella Tanner
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