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Bergerac: Poison (BBC-1 21 Feb 1987, with Alfred Burke)

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In Poison Susan is acting rather out of character, the normally ever present twinkle in her eye is gone and she is not only making furtive phone calls but she is lying to Jim about where she has been. Things reach crisis point when Jim sees her kissing another man.

Meanwhile the Mason group that Charlie belongs to is caught up in a murder mystery when one of their number is poisoned closely followed by a second. It seems two million pounds has gone missing from the charitable trust the lodge runs and someone is out to make sure the lodge members pay.

The fabulous Alfred Burke, best known for his long running role in Public Eye, has the main guest star role but there is also an appearance from Philip Bond, another strong player of 1970’s TV with roles in both The Onedin Line and The Main Chance.

The episode though belongs to the break down of the relationship of Susan and Jim. She of course feels that he is never around and takes her for granted. He does of course, not that Jim see it that way.

Bergerac Poison Philip Bond

Philip Bond plays lawyer Temperley.

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“I went straight down to the supermarket, bought all these myself, straight off the shelves, no messing.” – Charlie to Jim after spending the weekend by himself and cooking himself baked beans on toast.

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UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 21 February 1987

Writer: John Fletcher / Production Design: Ken Ledsham / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Bergerac Season 5 Episode 8

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John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Alfred Burke as Dr Anderson
Bernard Archard as Dr Rodgers
Philip Bond as Temperley
Bruce Gordon as Patterson
Philip Anthony as Price
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Peter Tuddenham as Minister
Ken Oxman as Eric

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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

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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Blake’s 7: Breakdown (BBC-1 6 Mar 1978, with Julian Glover)

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Blake’s 7: Project Avalon (BBC-1 27 Feb 1978, with Glynis Barber)

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