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Bergerac: Roots of Evil (BBC-1 4 Feb 1990, with Geoffrey Palmer)

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In Roots of Evil wealthy businessman Nigel Carter is being terrorised by persons unknown. Two armed men, dressed as local coppers break into his house and take potshots at him (deliberately aiming to miss but scaring him greatly). Jim and the boys turn up but Carter is not particularly interested in giving them any more info than necessary.

Jim is suspicious about why Carter doesn’t want their help and digs into his past. Jim learns that years before Carter’s daughter Joanna was kidnapped. Now a young woman she is studying at the Sorbonne but is due to spend the holidays at home on Jersey.

Carter is being blackmailed by a group of terrorists who are gun running and want him to pay for their latest consignment. A half million pounds in cash in fact. After Jim tells Joanna about her fathers recent troubles she confronts him and he tells her that he made a deal to get her released from her kidnap ordeal and then reneged on it.

Another strong Brian Finch story with Geoffrey Palmer as Carter and the lovely Lynsey Baxter as his daughter. Struan Rodger makes for a strong villain and his side-kick is played by future Eastenders mainstay Steve McFadden. In a rare example for the series the villains get clean away with Jim left unsure whether he has been played by Carter all along.

Bergerac Roots of Evil

Geoffrey Palmer is Nigel Carter and Lynsey Baxter plays his daughter Joanna.

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UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 4 February 1990 at 8.05pm

Writer: Brian Finch / Director: Richard Spence

Series: Bergerac Season 8 Episode 4

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John Nettles as Det Sgt Jim Bergerac
Geoffrey Palmer as Nigel Carter
Gary O’Brien as Station PC
Struan Rodger as Smith
Steve McFadden as Jones
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
Peter Gallagher as PC Green
Sean Arnold as Chief Inspector Crozier
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Terence Alexander as Charlie Hungerford
Denis Holmes as Colonel Foster-Biggs
Lynsey Baxter as Joanna Carter

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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

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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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