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He appeared as one of ''[[The Four Just Men (TV series)|The Four Just Men]]'' (1959) in the [[Sapphire Films]] TV series for [[ITV Network|ITV]], one of the most ambitious British TV series ever made.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.78rpm.co.uk/tv4.htm|title=4 Just Men|work=78rpm.co.uk}}</ref> He also played the lead in a version of "The Fallen Idol" for American TV.
 
In reality Hawkins was politically liberal, and an emotional man, in sharp contrast to his conservative screen image. One of his favourite films, the heist film ''[[The League of Gentlemen (film)|The League of Gentlemen]]'' (1960), was considered quite groundbreaking for its time in its references to sex. The film was popular at the British box office, and gave Hawkins his final lead role.
 
However, though initially sought for the role of a gay barrister in ''[[Victim (1961 film)|Victim]]'', he turned it down fearing that it might conflict with his masculine image. The role was eventually played by [[Dirk Bogarde]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b6b9d4cce|title=Victim|work=BFI}}</ref> There was some talk he would play [[Captain Bligh]] in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' but [[Trevor Howard]] ended up playing the role.