Bergerac: Whatever Lola Wants (BBC-1 2 Jan 1988, with Ann Mitchell)

In season six opener Whatever Lola Wants prominent supergrass and robber Reggie Betts arrives on the island to be looked after by the Bureau. Jim and Willie are also tasked with bringing over his mother, Lola, from London.

Jim and Susan are still having a hard time communicating, matters not helped by the fact that Jim is Lola’s personal minder for the duration of her stay on the island. Lola has her own reasons for wanting to be on the island, as do several major London villains who are convinced Reggie has stolen loot hidden somewhere on the island.

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Any episode featuring the fabulous Ann Mitchell, who plays Lola, is going to be completely owned by her and such is the case here. The Jim and Susan relationship woes continue and it’s clear this is going to take some playing out.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 2 January 1988

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Ken Ledsham / Director: Nigel Finch

Series: Bergerac Season 6 Episode 1

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John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Ann Mitchell as Lola Betts
Ronald Lacey as Joey Brown
Louise Jameson as Susan
Sean Arnold as Chief Insp Crozier
Ron Cook as Reggie Betts
Dean Harris as Robert Ranzen
John Telfer as Det Con Willy Pettit
David Kershaw as Det Con Ben Lomas
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Adam French as Tony Betts
David Milton-Jones as Simon Blakeney
Joseph Crilly as Pat Sullivan
Peter Harding as Supt Stevenson
Christopher Reich as Rodney Melling
Julian Gartside as Ford
Chris Sullivan as Gig
Seymour Matthews as Ronnie

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