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Bergerac: Late For a Funeral (BBC-1 6 Dec 1981, with Gary Watson)



In Late For a Funeral Jim has his hands full with two bodies. On a tourist sight-seeing cruise (led by Francine) a group of tourists discover two bodies in the water – one, a skin diver, has only been dead a few hours – the other, a Luftwaffe pilot, has been dead forty years.

Also why have two German apparent museum experts turned up asking Charlie’s help (one of his businesses is a salvage operation) in locating a downed Messerschmidt somewhere off the coast of Jersey.

In a bit of background on Crozier we learn he is president of the Jersey Model Aeroplane Club. It’s background that comes in handy – Barney’s father flew hurricanes during World War II which is what led to Barney’s model plane interest. It also means he has quite an expansive knowledge of what the Luftwaffe were upto on the island during the occupation. This episode is Barney’s biggest appearance to date and he actually works with Jim well rather than trying to undermine him.

Bergerac Late For a Funeral

Barney and his plane collection.

As Jim’s investigations continue it seems that Hermann Göring had possibly visited Jersey in search of treasure to plunder for Hitler’s collection and the plane that went down may in fact contain some of it.

James Cossins turns in an excellent performance as plane mad (or is it just plain mad?) Tuchel who runs an aircraft museum and is a history buff too.

A typically strong script from Dennis Spooner is undermined somewhat by the very murky underwater fight scene at the end that ends up being somewhat risible.

Unfortunately over the last few episodes the gorgeous Cecile Paoli has been given very little to do as Jim’s girlfriend Francine (aka Frankie) she generally just happens to be on the scene at the right time but there has been no real development of their relationship.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 6 December 1981 at 8.15pm

Writer: Dennis Spooner / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Henry Herbert

Series: Bergerac Season 1 Episode 8

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Cecile Paoli as Francine
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Danny Schiller as Gulliver
Annette Badland as Charlotte
James Cossins as Tuchel
Gary Watson as Bishop
George Mikell as Falkenhorst
Jonathan Elsom as Sammler
Leon Eagles as Moellendorf
Jonathan Adams as Dr Lejeune
Eve Bland as Mrs Picot
John Gabriel as Hans
Ann Tirard as Use
Geoffrey Lumsden as Dean
Christopher Ellison as Corby
Michael Watkins as Eddie
Eric Mason as Helmsman
Warren Saire as Daniel



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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