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Bergerac: The Assassin (BBC-1 2 Mar 1991, with Christian Burgess)




In The Assassin a strange assignment for Jim sees him travelling to Brittany to work for a man called Hapgood who claims his life is in danger. Hapgood, who lives in a rather well appointed castle, turns out to be a former professional hitman for hire who now wants to give it all up – unfortunately for him his former employers do not want that to happen.

After one attempt on Hapgood’s life it’s very clear that not just Hapgood’s life is in danger but Jim’s too. It’s quite a moody episode but it’s hard to believe that a man like Hapgood would need Jim to protect him although we do learn that Hapgood has only chosen Jim to act as something of a decoy.

Even though Jim finds out the truth and is offered a way out by Hapgood he elects to stay and wait with him for the assassin to arrive.

classic quote
“I’m not worried what you pay me but I’m staying. “

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 2 March 1991

Writer: John Fletcher / Director: Colm Villa

Series: Bergerac Season 9 Episode 9

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charlie Hungerford
Christian Burgess as Hapgood
Mark Sproston as Assassin
Gay Hamilton as Madame Roussat
Peter Cellier as Perkins
John Webb as Shopkeeper
Pamela Ruddock as Grocer