Bergerac: Ice Maiden (BBC-1 24 Dec 1983, with Liza Goddard)

In Ice Maiden, local businessman George Thomas is hosting a VIP party at which he intends to auction off a wealthy diamond. The Bureau are very interested when suspected diamond thief Philippa Vale arrives on Jersey.

Jim is tasked with the job of keeping her under surveillance but she is soon leading him a merry dance and with practically every policeman on the island otherwise occupied Vale focuses on an altogether different collection of diamonds.

The first of several appearances over the course of the series by Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale. The press tended to make a huge fuss about her appearances on the show and the will they won’t they nature of her relationship with Jim. She has a nice line in banter with Jim right from the get go and despite not quite getting away with the diamonds she does get off the island and to freedom.

Jennifer Guy had appeared in Bergerac before, in the season two opener A Message for the Rich. In that episode she played a character called Dorinda.

Comedian Dave King in another of his occasional straight acting roles with Jennifer Guy as his wife Fran. Jennifer had previously appeared on the show during season 2.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 24 December 1983 at 9.00pm

Writer: Rod Beacham / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Bergerac Season 3 Episode 4

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Deborah Grant as Debbie
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale
Dave King as George Thomas
Jennifer Guy as Fran Thomas
Richard Hurndall as Maxwell Flagg
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Anthony Dutton as Bank Manager
Rosemarie Dunham as Hairdresser
Ian Collier as Tony
Frederick Hall as Ernie
Barbara Atkinson as Librarian
Sallyann Webster as Policewoman
Bob Gorman as Security man

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