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Bergerac: A Man of Sorrows (BBC-1 6 Feb 1988, with Jack Galloway)

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A rather odd opening to A Man of Sorrows sees Barney locked in a fight with someone in a cottage, after a cutaway to a scene in Church, it’s back to Barney looking over his assailant who is now dead.

When Jim turns up on the scene Barney sends him away and when Jim tries to follow up Barney tells him he has to go to London to help on a case there. Although Jim has no idea what is going on, we have learnt that something big is going down on the island. In London Jim teams up with fellow Detective Sergeant Alan Hallowes who has more than a few issues going on.

This was writer John Fletcher’s second episode in quick succession after Burnt. It’s a very convoluted story. Although you think Barney must be working undercover you are never quite sure if that is the case. Of course it turns out that Barney is not on the take and is working with the London police to bring down unlikely drug kingpin Higgins. Crozier claims the investigation has been ongoing for the last two years and to be honest it’s a bit hard to believe that Jim or no else at the Bureau knew anything about it, even harder to believe that Croizier would be the one taking the risks.

Jack Galloway turns in another fine performance, something he has made a habit of throughout his career, as troubled cop Hallowes. There are also roles for George Baker, William Simons and Donald Douglas.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 6 February 1988

Writer: John Fletcher / Production Design: Barrie Sedwell / Director: Geoffrey Sax

Series: Bergerac Season 6 Episode 6

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John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Jack Galloway as Alan Hallowes
George Baker as Higgins
Donald Douglas as Philips
William Simons as Chater
Jamie Roberts as Hargreaves
David Kershaw as Det Con Ben Lomas
Kevin Quarmby as Harry
Valentino Musetti as Spaniard
James Edwards as Choirboy

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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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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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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

cast
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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