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Bergerac: The Dark Horse (BBC-1 12 Jan 1991, with Frederick Treves)



In The Dark Horse Charlie and a syndicate he is involved are in the throws of taking a controlling interest in a major computer company run by Thomas Leighton but Leighton’s wife Anne -Claire is causing problems. She is a co-owner and the deal can’t go ahead without her signature. Meanwhile Jim finds himself back on Jersey to appear as a witness in a court case. When Anne-Claire goes missing Charlie asks Jim to find out where she is.

It turns out that DC Lomas is embroiled in an affair with Anne-Claire but Jim is concerned that she and bank manager Wenslow may be using Ben in a bid to sell off the company elsewhere.

A strong episode with some good scenes between Jim and Inspector Deffand at the bureau. Jim makes it plain that Deffand may have a higher rank than the men under his command but in the real world he has no rank at all. Jim sticks his neck out to save Lomas’s career but the immature Ben doesn’t see it that way and by the end of the episode is already romancing a new girl.

There’s a fun scene at the end of the episode too where Charlie tries to persuade Jim to stay on Jersey offering to set him up with his own private detective business called…. Hungerford Investigations. Jim is not interested of course even if he has spent the whole episode doing just that.

Bergerac The Dark Horse

classic quote
“He’s not even a real private detective, he’s just a thick head of an ex-copper.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 12 January 1991

Writer: John Milne / Director: Tristan de Vere Cole

Series: Bergerac Season 9 Episode 2

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
Roger Sloman as Inspector Victor Deffand
Frederick Treves as Thomas Leighton
Bernice Stegers as Anne-Claire Leighton
Anthony Smee as Gerald Wenslow
Arthur Kelly as Michael Parry
Bernard Alane as Henri
Charmaine Parsons as Ellie
Peter-Hugo Daly as Paul Verney
Lloyd McGuire as Court Official
Debbi Blythe as Elizabeth
Amanda Bellamy as Immigration Officer



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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