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Bergerac: Old Acquaintance (BBC-1 11 Mar 1989, with Liza Goddard)



It’s an episode written by Rod Beacham and with a title like Old Acquaintance that can only mean one thing – the return of Philippa Vale. Of course she claims to only be on the island to check on the progress of the race horse she owns.

Her arrival coincides with that of Olympic athlete Peter Jason. He is due to give evidence to the International Olympic Committee in Canada but has gone missing somewhere on the island. A man called Logan, from the Olympic council, believes he is holed up with Philippa (apparently the pair had a fling some five years previously), she is adamant that he isn’t of course.

Jason is also supposed to be writing a tell all book about his career. Selco, a pharmaceutical company, are keen for the book not to see the light of day and send a hitman after him.

Susan tells Charlie that it is over between herself and Jim, he says that she should end it as quickly and cleanly as possible but then lets slip that Philippa is back on the island. It all ends rather amicably with the pair of them agreeing to stay on good terms.

Things get out of hand when Susan visits Philippa and ends up getting kidnapped, mistaken for Philippa. It also turns out Philippa and Jason have pulled off the old southpaw switcheroo – Jason has already made his way to Canada and a lookalike is posing as him. Philippa claims the Canadians were in on the scheme all along so why is Logan looking for him? Jim sets up Logan and the trail leads him to where Susan is being held.

Barney has been promoted to Superintendent and begins to wax nostalgic about missing being out in the field and in a subplot goes out on a job with Willy and Lomas to try and break an illegal gambling ring on the island.

So Susan and Jim are officially finished after a whole couple of seasons of trying to make it work. Jim wastes no time though, the episode closes out with him clearly going to be spending some “quality” time with Philippa.

Bergerac Old Acquaintance

Philippa casts her spell over Jim once again…

classic quote
“I’m a hitman not a bloody dress designer.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 11 March 1989

Writer: Rod Beacham / Production Design: Gary Pritchard / Director: Richard Standeven

Series: Bergerac Season 7 Episode 7

John Nettles as Det Sgt Bergerac
Ben Onwukwe as Peter Jason
Jill Benedict as Christine Nash
David Foxxe as Billy
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
Sean Arnold as Crozier
David Neilson as Moxton
Terence Alexander as Charlie Hungerford
Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Colin Marsh as Terry Budd
William Armstrong as Logan
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Tim Douglas as Baker
Ben Ellison as Winston



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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