In Winner Takes All Charlie has organised a major computer conference on the island. One of the people helping with the organisation is computer expert Jarvis McLeod however when he starts receiving strange threats Jim is called in to investigate. Initially it looks like someone is playing mind games with McLeod but then his dog is killed and it looks like the threat needs to be taken seriously.
McLeod is scheduled to give a talk at the conference but arranges for a fellow expert, Arthur Putnam, to take his place. An explosion at the conference during Putnam’s talk really ups the stakes. Prime suspect is believed to be McLeod’s grudge bearing former business partner John Logan.
Logan, however, has an alibi. He has been spending rather a lot of time with Deborah.
An excellent script from Robert Holmes with some fun stuff about 1980’s computer hardware. There’s a tense finale and a nice twist in the tale too.
There are strong guest appearances from Michael Gambon as McLeod and Connie Booth as his wife Monica. Under rated character actor David Schofield plays the suspected Logan.
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 10 January 1987 at 8.10pm
Writer: Robert Holmes / Production Design: Phil Roberson / Director: Robert Young
Series: Bergerac Season 5 Episode 2
John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Michael Gambon as Jarvis McLeod
Connie Booth as Monica McLeod
David Schofield as John Logan
Nick Brimble as Arthur Putnam
Charlie Daze as Electrician
Bryan Oliver as PC