Bergerac: The Deadly Virus (BBC-1 31 Jan 1987, with Rosemary Martin

In The Deadly Virus Kim’s new boyfriend Kevin is a student she has met on the mainland (although he was born on the island), what she doesn’t know is that he is on Jersey as part of a trio of animal activists who intend to cause trouble at a research lab that uses live animals in it’s trials. What the activists don’t realise is that one of the monkey’s they release has just been found to be carrying a lethal disease. Kevin is bitten by one of the monkey’s during the release and very quickly falls very ill.

As Kevin gets sicker the Bureau have to try and track down the monkeys whilst keeping a lid on what is going on. Yet again, even though Kim’s boyfriend does die, Jim has to put his job first and not give Kim the comfort she needs.

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As is always so often the case in these type of storylines the monkey’s, rather than looking the fearsome escapees they are supposed to be, look a little too cuddly. The fearsome animal noises on the soundtrack not quite tying in with the screen version.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 31 January 1987

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Writer: Nick McCarty / Production Design: Roger Cann / Director: Gerry Mill

Series: Bergerac Season 5 Episode 5

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Rosemary Martin as Jill
David Swift as Dr Barnard
Ian Thompson as Prof Gaines
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Daniel Hill as Alan
Peter L. Williams as Kevin
Lindsay Heath as Kim Bergerac
Mary Healey as Elsie
Peter Baldwin as Stan
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy
Desmond McNamara as Reporter
Jennie Goossens as Alison
Stephen MacKenna as Doctor
Sandra Hale as Couple in car
Mark Harrison as Couple in car

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