Bergerac: Low Profile (BBC-1 1 Nov 1985, with Beryl Reid)

In Low Profile a major gangster, BJ Farrell, has been spotted on the island by Jim. He is supposed to be over her looking at potential property investments but is really on the island to see his ageing mother (played by the fabulous Beryl Reid). She is being blackmailed because no one on the island knows she is his mother. What she doesn’t know is that the man who is blackmailing her intends to kill Farrell.

Meanwhile Jim is less than happy about having to spend time writing an indepth report on the work that the bureau does as part of a push by Barney to get noticed by the higher ups. Charlie is also trying to raise his profile having hired a PR man to promote his new role.

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Quite a lightweight episode, a side plot about a search for sunken treasute doesn’t really go anywhere but the proceedings are given an extra bit of sparkle thanks to an appearance from the always amazing Beryl Reid.

Jim has made himself very cosy at Susan’s apartment.

classic quote
“Where do you hide a meeting? In a series of meetings.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 November 1985 at 9.25pm

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Writer: Roger Davenport / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: David Reynolds

Series: Bergerac Season 4 Episode 4

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Beryl Reid as Miss Broome
Benjamin Whitrow as B J Farrell
Louise Jameson as Susan
Bert Parnaby as Dr Ferns
Jerome Willis as Rupert Imison
Lois Baxter as Marie
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Keith Smith as Mr Bellwood
Martin Fisk as Tony
Chris Jenkinson as David
Mike Hayward as Gareth
Philip Rowlands as Cliff
Eryl Phillips as Steve
Mark Strickson as West
Bill Weston as Causebrook

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