Bergerac: Relative Values (BBC-1 13 Dec 1981, with Warren Clarke)

In Relative Values, when his wealthy father Henry is taken ill in mysterious circumstances, businessman Philip Bernard asks Jim to investigate. Philip is convinced that Lisa Reynolds, his father’s housekeeper is deliberately trying to get rid off him to get her hands on his money. When Henry later dies and Lisa is sole beneficiary it looks like Philip might be right.

Jim, even when Barney produces evidence that suggests that this is not the first time one of Lisa’s charges has died and left her money, remains unconvinced. Jim, along with Charlie (who wants to buy Henry’s house to redevelop the site), thinks it may not be so simple.

Warren Clarke takes the lead guest star role here with the fabulous Geoffrey “Catweazle” Bayldon as his father. There are a few familiar faces amongst the supporting cast too besides Bayldon and Clarke. Lynda Marchal is better known under her writing name of Lynda La Plante and gets one of her strongest acting roles here whilst John Carlisle, who pops up as seafood wholesaler was a prominent player in the 1960’s and 70’s especially his lead role in New Scotland Yard. Doctor in the House star Geoffrey Davies also has a fairly prominent role and there also appearances from Fiona Victory, Sally Farmiloe and Doctor Who companion Maureen O’Brien.

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production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 13 December 1981 at 8.15pm

Writer: Peter Miller / Production Design: Antony Thorpe / Director: Martin Campbell

Series: Bergerac Season 1 Episode 9

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Cecile Paoli as Francine
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Danny Schiller as Gulliver
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Lynda Marchal as Lisa
Geoffrey Bayldon as Henry
Warren Clarke as Philip
Maureen O’Brien as Joan
Geoffrey Davies as Roger Dubree
John Carlisle as Martin St George
Fiona Victory as Dr Leon
Freddie Earlle as Gas official
Eileen Beldon as Mrs Boursnell
Julie Sullivan as Matron
Helen Bourne as Sister
Jonathan Adams as Police doctor
Sally Farmiloe as Hospital clerk

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