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Bergerac: A Miracle Every Week (BBC-1 20 Feb 1983, with Art Malik)



In A Miracle Every Week, faith healer Ravi arrives on Jersey to claim ownership of the Foundation that has been set up around him. Ravi has just turned 25 and is now legally able to take the role of Chairman.

His foundation is worth £2 million pounds and he wants to transfer the bulk of it to the Indian village he was born in. What he doesn’t know is that the men currently running the foundation, Hardaker and Wyatt, have been siphoning off much of the money in the trust.

They decide the only way to cover their tracks is hire a hitman to kill Ravi.

The second season has really hit it’s mark with each successive episode. Once again there is an excellent collection of guest stars with Art Malik as Ravi as well as the always good value Nicholas Ball, Zienia Merton and Denis Lawson as improbable hitman Giroux. Lil manages to get a bit of extra screentime in this episode too, meeting hitman Giroux on her flight back into Jersey after a holiday. He stays at the Royal Barge and she does her best to get him interested in her.

Bergerac A Miracle Every Week

Lil gets cosy with a hit man (Denis Lawson).

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 20 February 1983 at 9.10pm

Writer: Robert Banks Stewart, Leslie Darbon / Production Design: Phil Roberson / Director: Colin Bucksey

Series: Bergerac Season 2 Episode 7

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Celia Imrie as Marianne
Nicholas Ball as Hardaker
Art Malik as Ravi
Derek Thompson as Wyatt
Zienia Merton as Cora
Denis Lawson as Giroux
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Ben Aris as Executive
David Purcell as Special Branch man
Timothy Block as Detective
Oscar Peters as Carlos
Sue Lawley as Herself
Katie Amy as Small girl
Liz Lauste as Janet
Brian Edwards as Photographer
Kevin Goss as Boy on scooter
Sheila Phillips as Woman in sari
Chris Woodward as Buddhist teacher
Angie Kearns as Chicquita
Tony Stanley as Braithwaite
Maz Ragazzi as Woman at lunch
Keith Barnes as Chef



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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