Bergerac: A Horse of a Different Colour (BBC-1 16 Jan 1988, with Liza Goddard)

In A Horse of a Different Colour it’s yet another visit to the island by a certain Philippa Vale. Philippa is now out of prison on parole and she is rather keen to continue her “relationship” with Jim, much to the disgust of Susan who runs into Jim and Philippa at a restaurant.

Meanwhile Jim has his hands full with a case involving missing well known racehorse Crimson Cavalier belonging to Chester Ackerman. In what is becoming the norm for Philippa appearances she ends up helping Jim on the case. Philippa also tells Jim that she would be keen to make their relationship a more permanent one.

In a twist it turns out Ackerman wanted to be rid of the horse because it was about to finish it’s career and go into stud. The problem is Crimson Cavalier prefers boy horses. Crimson’s trainer discovered this and decided to take him into hiding.

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Besides the always fun Liza Goddard there are also guest appearances from the fab Tony Haygarth, Donald Burton and Shirley Stelfox.

Barney Crozier’s wife Alice makes her first ever appearance in the series.

The always good value Tony Haysgarth as Crimson Cavalier’s owner Chester Ackerman.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 16 Janaury 1988 at 8.10pm

Writer: Rod Beacham / Production Design: Phil Robseron / Director: Matthew Robinson

Series: Bergerac Season 6 Episode 3

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale
Tony Haygarth as Chester Ackerman
Shirley Stelfox as Anna Ackerman
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Louise Jameson as Susan
Colin Marsh as Terry Budd
Joanna Brookes as Cheryl
Donald Burton as Cockburn
David Conville as Nigel Blake
Sue Wallace as Alice Crozier
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
Julie Hervieu as Waitress
Vernon Gudgeon as Waiter
Phil Mottram-Brown as Auctioneer

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