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Bergerac: The Messenger Boy (BBC-1 11 Mar 1990, with Bruce Payne)




In The Messenger Boy, Debbie makes one of her rare appearances on the show. She has a new boyfriend, Jake, who she wants to marry. He seems something of a city type but is currently between jobs. When Charlie pays her a visit in London she is kidnapped after the pair return home from dinner, very quickly followed by her boyfriend.

Charles persuades Jim to come home to London and help him. Willy also turns up the following day to give Jim a hand.

It’s pretty obvious what is going on but it’s a tense enough episode. With Jim set up in his own office, provided by Charlie to use as a London base, it does give him a glimpse into what would be like to go solo as a private investigator. Fittingly the episode ends with Jim telling Barney just what he can do with his job.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 11 March 1990

Writer: Cyril Williams / Director: Tristan de Vere Cole

Series: Bergerac Season 8 Episode 9

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Deborah Grant as Debbie
Bruce Payne as Jake
Andrew Burt as Harry
Cheryl Prime as Cassandra
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
Maggie Norris as Velma
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Guy Fithen as Brian
Alec Sabin as Lance
Diane Holland as Mrs. Hornsby
Anjela Belli as Emma
Ronald Nunnery as Porter