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Bergerac: Ninety Per Cent Proof (BBC-1 10 Dec 1983, with Anthony Steel)

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In Ninety Per Cent Proof Jim’s former trouble with alcohol comes back to haunt him and it almost costs him his job on the force.

The Bureau have been trying to convict arsonist businessman Jerry Le Fevre, they know is guilty but Jim has his hands full when he meets a woman named Susie Walsh. She claims a friend from Alcoholics Anonymous recommended him but she really needs help with her husband who is harassing her. Jim, unwisely, goes back with her to her hotel and when she says she sees her husband on the street outside Jim goes to talk to him. When he returns Susie is lying dead on the bed and Jim is knocked out cold.

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Not one of Jim’s best looks…

Later Jim is seen staggering around the Royal Yacht and everyone automatically assumes he has fallen off the wagon. We know Jim has been forced to drink but nobody else does and nobody believes him. Jim knows he has been well and truly set up but proving it won’t be so easy. He also doesn’t know why he has been set up.

It’s a tough few days for Jim. He’s been suspended from duty and he’s been plied with so much alcohol that it could cause him to start drinking again. Thanks to Debbie (who interestingly is the only one who believes him) and a fellow AA member (a priest called Michael) he is able to get the alcohol out of system without succumbing again.

Bergerac Ninety Per Cent Proof

Jim’s ex-wife Debbie is the only one who is sympathetic and sort of believes his story.

Back on the straight and narrow Jim discovers that Susie Walsh is alive and well and is in reality an actress called Irene Maybank. Jim also discovers that she is involved with Le Fevre. Jim is then able to play Le Fevre at his own game.

A great opening episode to the third season with a typically fabulous Thriller style script by Brian Clemens relying on an extravagant set up, which when examined doesn’t really stand up but entertains enormously nonetheless.

The guest stars are first rate too, with Anthony Steel, Carol Royle, Ray Winstone and Alan Hunter all appearing.

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Ray Winstone as Tully

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 3 December 1983 at 9.00pm

Writer: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Paul Allen / Director: Robert Young

Series: Bergerac Season 3 Episode 1

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John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Annette Badland as Charlotte
Deborah Grant as Debbie
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Tony Melody as Chief
Anthony Steel as Harker Le Fevre
Carol Royle as Irene Maybank
Alan Hunter as Jerry Le Fevre
Hugh Sullivan as Michael
Sue Wallace as Alice Crozier
John Gordon-Sinclair as Fringe actor
Rod Myers as Stage manager
Dallas Adams as Advocate
George Belbin as Magistrate
Michael Jenkinson as Prosecutor
Ray Winstone as Tully
James Coyle as Meaker
Keith Smith as Garage attendant
Neville Barber as Desk clerk
Douglas Stark as Hotel manager
Brian Edwards as Barman

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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

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

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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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