Connect with us
Bergerac Bergerac


Bergerac: All The Sad Songs (BBC-1 4 Mar 1990, with Gary Bond)



In All The Sad Songs the Bureau is on the trail of a counterfeiter who is flooding the island with fake tenners. Meanwhile fading singer Tony Hubbard is on the island playing a season at one of the islands less salubrious clubs The Golden Peacock. In the early sixties Hubbard was the male half of a popular double act with singer Dawn Grey who has now retired to island life married to prominent businessman Nichlolas Wolfe (a friend of Charlie’s naturally).

After performing with Dawn (somewhat against both of their wishes it has to be said) and then trying it on a liitle too forcefully with the much younger Suzy Birchet (who is also on tour with Tony) a drunken Hubbard is almost run over by Jim on his way home. Jim gives him a lift home. The next morning Hubbard is found shot dead in his apartment.

In a nice twist it turns out that it is Tony who is able to provide Jim with the clue he needs to solve the counterfeiting case too after he casually reveals that nightclub boss Howard has a safe full of chocolate bars.

Things are stepping up a pace for Jim and Danielle too, she has arrived on the island to visit him (having had a row with her father in the process).

The role of Tony Hubbard in this episode of Bergerac was Gary Bond’s last film or TV appearance. He had been a very popular stage, screen and TV star for much of the previous three decades and was a partner of Jeremy Brett for many years. He died in 1995 from an AIDs related illness.

Another excellent Rod Beacham episode and one of only two at this stage that had not featured Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale. Besides the fab Gary Bond there are also appearances from the always good value James Booth and Diane Langton.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 4 March 1990 at 7.45pm

Writer: Rod Beacham / Director: Tim Fywell

Series: Bergerac Season 8 Episode 8

John Nettles as Det Sgt Jim Bergerac
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Gary Bond as Tony Hubbard
Julia Ford as Suzy Birchet
Dinesh Shukla as Aziz
Peter Attard as Eddy Neptune
James Booth as Nicholas Wolfe
Diane Langton as Dawn Wolfe
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Therese Liotard as Danielle Aubry
James Hayes as Joey
Rod Culbertson as Howard
Peter Martin as Harris
Bobby Bragg as Bobby Bush
Jeff Nuttall as Doctor



Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)




Hazell Nicholas Ball

In Hazell and Hyde James is asked to find a young woman, Claudine, who has apparently joined a group of squatters. When Hazell tracks down the group he is told that they had forced her to move on – her drug use was causing big problems. When a body turns up it looks like Hazell has found her, and an identification by her father seems to confirm it. However Choc Minty quickly arrives on the scene and makes it plain the dead girl is not the Claudine he is looking for but a woman who had apparently crossed Claudine in some way.

Claudine actually turns out to be something of a psychopath and having killed once has decided to make her next target our intrepid hero.

Meanwhile Jim has finally found himself somewhere else to live, his old flat having been reclaimed by the fellow he lent him the use of it.

It’s definitely something of a walk on the seedier side of life for Hazell. Maev Alexander, wjho plays the disturbed Claudine, is best known for her role as Christine Russell in the first couple of seasons of Sutherland’s Law.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 7 June 1979

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Robin Parker / Director: Baz Taylor

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 8

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Maev Alexander as Claudine
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Myrtle Devenish as Old lady singer
Christopher Godwin as Claw-Hammer
Betty Hardy as Mrs. Gladys Hazell
Michael J. Jackson as Squatter
Norman Lumsden as Old man singer
Ronald Mayer as Pianist / Singer
Roddy McMillan as ‘Choc’ Minty
Desmond McNamara as Cousin Tel
Yvonne Nicholson as Squatter
Mark Penfold as Mortuary attendant
John Rapley as Mr. Clive
Katherine Stark as Annie

Continue Reading


Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)




Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

classic quote
I may be common but I’m not stupid

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

Continue Reading


Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)




Hazell Gets The Boot

In Hazell Gets The Boot Hazell finds himself more or less coerced into taking on a supposedly simple job for villain Dave Castle. His Bently has been stolen and he wants James to get it back for him. Hazell’s investigation leads him to a scrap yard where the car is being hidden. He gets more than he bargained for when two of the Connell gang ambush him and give him a thorough going over.

Meanwhile Hazell’s love life is also going through a troublesome patch. Patsy Flanagan is spending some time at his flat after having a dust up with her husband. Hazell is keen for the arrangement to be just a night or two of pleasure but Patsy is keen on a more permanent arrangement.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 10 May 1979

Writer: Willis Hall / Director: Carol Wilks

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 4

James Hazell as Nicholas Ball
Billy Murray as Big Dave
Pauline Delaney as Sister
Peter Bourke as Graham Morris
Liz Crowther as Cynthia
Betty Hardy as Mrs Gladys Hazell
Cindy O’Callaghan as Patsy Flanagan

Continue Reading

More to View