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Bergerac: Crossed Swords (BBC-1 9 Jan 1988, with Richard Warwick)

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In Crossed Swords a pair of prominent island brothers who run a fencing school on the island receive a shock when they open up the family burial vault in search of a pair of valuable swords that belonged to one of their ancestors.

It’s a big event for the family and is even being filmed by local TV. Naturally the sword are there but the event is marred by the arrival of Paul Roussilon, a Frenchman, who claims the swords were stolen from his own family crypt. Roussilon then turns up dead.

Meanwhile on the relationship front, Jim, having now moved into his own place is trying hard to win back Susan. The going is not easy. In another subplot Crozier, via the Chief, has organised a keep fit campaign for the team complaining that they are all out of shape. This comes in handy when Jim has to have a stave off a baddie during a swordfight finale.

To be fair the whole thing is not very well done and definitely ranks in the top ten Bergerac dodgy moments list. Although the episode does benefit from an appearance from the always likeable Richard Warwick.

Bergerac Crossed Swords

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UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 9 January 1988

Writer: Edwin Pearce / Production Design: Barrie Sedwell / Director: David Carson

Series: Bergerac Season 6 Episode 2

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John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
James Warwick as Jack Lefevre
Peter Woodward as Alain Lefevre
Cherry Gillespie as Marianne Roussillon
Ken Bones as Paul Roussillon
Colin Jeavons as Claude Raquin
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Louise Jameson as Susan
Patricia Quinn as Dolly
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Andrew Moreno as Boy
Usa Melville as Girl
Terry Walsh as Police instructor
Nick Burnell as French police inspector
John Serret as French gardener
Lesley North as Commentator

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

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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.

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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

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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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