Bergerac: Tug of War (BBC-1 28 Jan 1984, with Alan Lake)

In Tug of War a child custody battle causes problems for Jim. The action begins in London when Jack Broughton, fresh out of prison, has an argument with his wife (who has remarried) over visitation rights with his son. He decides to run away with the boy to Jersey.

Jack has an ulterior motive for visiting Jersey. He had been inside for a bank job and the man who financed the raid lives on the island. Jack believes he is owed money and intends to get it. It isn’t too long before word gets out that Broughton is on the island but luckily for him French woman Marie Brouac decides to help him.

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Alan Lake turns in one of his best ever performances here as Jack Broughton, very restrained in comparison to his usual style. At the end of the day although he is happy to pick up the cash he just want’s to spend some time with his son.

Mary Tamm popped up briefly as the wife of crooked Julian West.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 28 January 1984 at 8.35pm

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Writer: Paul Wheeler / Production Design: Gary Pritchard / Director: Laurence Moody

Series: Bergerac Season 3 Episode 9

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Alan Lake as Jack Broughton
Marianne Borgo as Marie Brouac
Stephen Yardley as Ken Lewis
Shirley Stelfox as Pam Lewis
Edwin Richfield as Julian West
Mary Tamm as Leslie West
Joan Scott as Mrs Jenson
Timothy Stark as Geoff
Lindsay Heath as Kim
Anthony Langdon as HP agent
Colin Edwynn as Taxi driver
Jon Conway as Hotel receptionist
Geoffrey Wilkinson as Second taxi driver

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