Bergerac: The Company You Keep (BBC-1 21 Jan 1984, with Mel Martin)

In The Company You Keep the island is being targeted by a pair of house breakers. Paul and Harry are making regular trips from London armed with inside knowledge of just when wealthy residents will be out and where their valuables are kept. Paul is having an affair with bored Angela Marshall, she is part of the island’s rich set and is out to have a bit of fun.

It’s obvious the thieves have inside knowledge but Jim is having a hard time discovering where they are getting it from. Rather nicely it is Charlie who points Jim in the right direction towards Angela Marshall. There is definitely something of a thawing in the relationship between Charlie and Jim this season. More grudging respect than outright disgust.

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Another episode with a fine guest cast. Mel Martin has the main role as Angela with the fabulous Tony Selby as Paul and Mike Grady as his “oppo” Harry but there are also roles for the brilliant Denis Lill as Angela’s trusting husband George, Angela Browne, the always good value Ralph Michael and Timothy Carlton. Roy Barraclough also pops up in a small role as a crook brought back to the island by Jim at the beginning of the episode.

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Bergerac The Company You Keep
The fabulous Denis Lill as Marshall’s husband.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 21 January 1984 at 8.35pm

Writer: Tony Hoare / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: David Reynolds

Series: Bergerac Season 3 Episode 8

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Mel Martin as Angela Marshall
Denis Lill as George Marshall
Tony Selby as Paul Cook
Mike Grady as Harry Langton
Ralph Michael as Brigadier Wimble
Timothy Carlton as Peter Marshall
Kate Coleridge as Jane Marshall
Angela Browne as Dorothy Burgess
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Roy Barraclough as Hodge
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson

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