Bergerac: Unlucky Dip (BBC-1 1 Nov 1981, with Prunella Scales, Jack Galloway)

In Unlucky Dip Jim is trailing a suspected drugs courier, Raymond Dumoiter, from Paris back to Jersey via the Hydrofoil, unfortunately the mark spots the surveillance crew waiting on the quayside and tries to make a run for it. Once caught he is found to be completely clean but Jim is 100% certain that he saw Dumoiter make the pick up.

It turns out that Dumoiter was indeed carrying but was robbed on enroute by Simon Gibbons who thinks that selling it on the island could be the answer to his mother’s money problems. Unfortunately for Simon the people who the drugs belong to don’t play nice and are very keen to get their “merchandise” back.

Jim needs to track down Simon before the villains do or it could get messy.

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Meanwhile Jim also has to contend with the fact that he has another medical coming up, if the result doesn’t go his way he will be off the force. Unfortunately bringing down the bad guys means he doesn’t make it to the appointment in time.

There is an an excellent performance from a cast against type Prunella Scales as Simon’s alcoholic mother as well as an appearance from Jack Galloway as local heavy Bobby Carnegie.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 1 November 1981 at 8.15pm

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Writer: Bob Baker / Production Design: Antony Thorpe / Director: Ian Toynton

Series: Bergerac Season 1 Episode 3

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
Tony Melody as Chief
Prunella Scales as Gloria Gibbins
Jack Galloway as Bobby Carnegie
John Rowe as Raymond Dumoiter
Ian Bartholomew as Simon Gibbins
Catherine Hall as Stella
Brian Hall as Sam Tirrell
Gay Hamilton as Eva Dumoiter
Geoffrey Rose as Brother Matthias
Miranda Forbes as Nurse
Jacob Witkin as Hydrofoil captain
Doreen Andrew as Pump attendant
Alex Guard as Detective
David Arlen as Detective
Peter Gordon as Detective
Eric Schofield as Traffic warden

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