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Bergerac: Come Out Fighting (BBC-1 31 Dec 1983, with Tony Osoba)



In Come Out Fighting Jersey is about to host it’s first professional boxing match, between British middleweight Champ Eddie McCord and arrogant French challenger Jacques Laronde.

Someone is stirring up trouble for McCord though, first Lil is getting abusive messages about allowing a black man to stay in her hotel and then someone, posing as Eddie, steals a medallion from a jewellery shop and plants it in his room. Matters are further complicated when his wife Donna goes missing. The twist is that Donna, who has always hated Eddie boxing, has arranged her own kidnapping to try and get Eddie to call the fight off – her “kidnappers” though decide to turn tables on her and make the kidnapping a real one demanding £200,000 for her release.

Bergerac Come Out Fighting Kevin Lloyd

Kevin Lloyd as a local photographer.

There was much talk of it being an extremely high profile event (organised by Charlie Hungerford naturally) but we didn’t actually get to see any boxing (outside of a bit of gym sparring and a flashback scene of the last time McCord and Laronde fought – and that was all in close up). Clearly the budget didn’t stretch to a full auditorium.

There is a quick return for Lee Montague’s Inspector Dupont here after his appearance a couple of episodes before in Holiday Snaps and once again the guests cast is top notch, the likes of John Abineri, Kevin Lloyd, Tessa Peake-Jones and Clifford Rose all popping up in pretty minor roles. It’s one of the hallmarks of quality that the show alway has, strength in numbers in it’s supporting cast.

Bergerac Come Out Fighting Tessa Peake-Jones

Tessa Peake-Jones as a local journalist.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 31 December 1983 at 9.00pm

Writer: Alistair Bell / Production Design: Marjorie Pratt / Director: Robert Young

Series: Bergerac Season 3 Episode 5

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Deborah Grant as Debbie
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Tony Melody as Chief
Lee Montague as Inspector Dupont
Oliver Cotton as Jacques Laronde
Tony Osoba as Eddie McCord
Eva Mottley as Donna McCord
Jackie Farrell as Matt MacDonald
Clifford Rose as Senator Beasley
Barry Lowe as O’Brien
John Peters as Penter
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Ben Thomas as Virgil
Decima Francis as Mrs Stevens
John Abineri as Leguy
Guy Deghy as Fremont
Brian McDermott as Preston
Geoffrey Banks as Old man
Tessa Peake-Jones as Reporter
Kevin Lloyd as Photographer
Timothy Block as Fisherman
Richard Steele as Foreman
Virginia Balfour as Shop assistant



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

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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

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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

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