Bergerac: What Dreams May Come (BBC-1 25 Oct 1985)

What Dreams May Come starts in sinister fashion as a man is seen running for his life, collapsing he is taken to a hospital where he is injected with something. Soon after he screams and the nurse who rushes to him finds him dead.

The man, Jerry Bruce, was a beach photographer with a seemingly strong interest in the occult. As Jim investigates he discovers that Bruce was really a journalist called Frank Green who was working on a story about black magic author Bart Bellow.

When another man is also killed in mysterious circumstances Jim is convinced that Bellow is the man responsible.

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The first of what would become an occasional Bergerac foray into the unexplained, the superbly malevolent Charles Gray suitably channels Aleister Crowley/Dennis Wheatley as occult author Bart Bellow. Unlike some of the later episodes there is clear evidence of trickery on display at the hands of Bellow.

Susan isn’t in this episode.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 25 October 1985 at 9.25pm

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Marjorie Pratt / Director: Ben Bolt

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Series: Bergerac Season 4 Episode 3

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Charles Gray as Bart Bellow
Jill Meager as Helene Duvall
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Hubert Rees as George Barton
Malcolm Tierney as Dennis Dudley
John Ringham as Moorhouse
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Russell Keith-Grant as Gary Carter
John Abbott as Jerry Bruce
Gerard McSorley as Dr Frost
Brian de Salvo as Mortuary attendant

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