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Bergerac: Fires in the Fall (BBC-1 26 Dec 1986, with Barrie Ingham)



In Fires in the Fall Charlie intends to prove that noted medium Raoul Barnaby is a charlatan and wants Jim and Susan to attend a private seance he has organised.

Meanwhile Susan thinks Lil might be interested in an old property on the island that may or may not be haunted. The property has a big impact on Susan and later at the end of the episode puts her life in danger when a message from Peggy for Jim to meet her at Lil’s Place leads to crossed wires. He thinks she means the nightclub – she means the new, spooky house.

Bergerac Fires in the Fall Barrie Ingham

Barrie Ingham plays Medium Raoul Barnaby. 

At the seance things get out of hand, the events seeming too real for Charlie. Barnaby seems to have some kind of fit and after he comes round Charlie discovers strange markings carved into his expensive table. Susan, meanwhile, has seen the markings before – in the attic at the house she was showing Lil. Elderly Roberta Jardine, a guest at the seance and a patron of Barnaby’s, is convinced he is genuinely in touch with the world beyond.

The things Barnaby comes out with during his trance like state seem to point to a series of strange unsolved deaths many years before, including one of a young girl. All of the deaths involved fire. When the story becomes front page news (thanks to a publicity hungry Barnaby) Crozier tells Jim to reopen the case. Things get murkier when the death of Roberta Jardine sparks a series of new murders.

Bergerac Fires in the Fall  Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman plays Pauline Taylor, who has her own sinister agenda. 

Fires in the Fall heads straight into Ghost Story for Christmas territory. The series had toyed with the paranormal in season four episode What Dreams May Come but here heads full on into the genre. By the end of the episode though we are back in a more traditional crime drama area. Although to be fair the final comment from Jim does leave things somewhat open ended.

Kim makes a rare appearance here and she is now a proper teenager.

The excellent guest stars include the always good value Donald Churchill, Margaretta Scott best known for her role as Mrs Pumphrey in All Creatures Great and Small, Amanda Redman, Ron Pember and the great Barrie Ingham as medium Barnaby.

Bergerac Fire in the Fall

The scary figure at the heart of the episode.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 26 December 1986 at 8.30pm

Writer: Chris Boucher / Production Design: Ken Ledsham / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: Bergerac Special One Broadcast Between Seasons Four and Five

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Barrie Ingham as Raoul Bamaby
Amanda Redman as Pauline Taylor
Margaretta Scott as Roberta Jardine
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Donald Churchill as David Mackenzie
Paul Brooke as Malcolm Croxted
Ron Pember as Jack Plemont
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Lindsay Heath asKim Bergerac
Jim McManus as Filing clerk
Tony Westrope as Jeavons
Nicholas McArdle as Doctor
Guy Standeven as Vicar



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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