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Bergerac: The Hood and the Harlequin (BBC-1 20 Dec 1981, with Greta Scacchi)



As The Hood and the Harlequin opens Jim and Francine are on a supposedly romantic weekend break in London. Although Jim is combining business with pleasure as on the way back he has a prisoner to escort and he’s none too pleased when a bored Francine strikes up a conversation with a photographer called Beaumont on board the Jersey ferry.

Meanwhile the Bureau have had word that French gangster Jacques Tabouis is on the run somewhere in Europe. Then his girlfriend Anne is seen on the island. A round the clock watch is mounted to see if she will lead them to Tabouis.

A young Greta Scacchi is the chief highlight as Anne leading the Surete along with Jim and his men a merry dance as she stays one step ahead of them. It’s obvious right from the start that the photographer Beaumont is in fact Tambouis but the Bureau believe it to be a different man they are keeping an eye on.

Anne is on Jersey to retrieve a cache of Tambouis’ money from a safety deposit box but Jim and co finally realise what she is up to and manage to arrest her. Taking possession of Tambouis’ money at the same time.

Bergerac The Hood and the Harlequin Greta Scacchi

After a low key build up there is a fine action set piece (during Anne’s arrest) with the man the Bureau believe to be Tabouis taken out by the real Tabouis aka Beaumont who then kidnaps Francine in a bid to get the money back from the Bureau.

There is a strange dynamic going on between Jim and Francine in this season finale episode as she strikes up quite the friendship with Beaumont, it could be well be a make Jim jealous thing, or a had enough of Jim putting work first thing but she does seem to quite like Beaumont. In reality it has to work like that for the sake of the storyline -if Francine was not attracted to Beaumont then there is no way she would head off on a picnic with him – which of course leads to the kidnap.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 20 December 1981 at 8.15pm

Writer: Terence Feely / Production Design: Phil Roberson / Director: Roger Tucker

Series: Bergerac Season 1 Episode 10 (of 10)

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Cecile Paoli as Francine
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Tony Melody as Chief
Geoffrey Leesley as Det-Con Wilson
Greta Scacchi as Annie
David Beckett as Wally
Claude Le Sache as Dance instructor
Marianne Lawrence as Marie Therese
Anthony Forrest as Beaumont
Lawrence Davidson as French Insp
Marc Boyle as Ribot
Ronald Markham as Bank official
David Haynes as Pop Star
Jason Rose as Manager
Marc Koenig as Surete man
Daniel Andre Pageon as Surete man




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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