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Bergerac: Second Time Around (BBC-1 26 Dec 1989, with David Schofield)



In Second Time Around Jim is back from his sabbatical, no mention of what he has been up to though, just straight into the case. He and the team investigate the strange death of a businessman called Ted Grob, found handcuffed to a bench and drowned in his own swimming pool.

As the investigation begins Jim discovers Grob may have been involved in a bank robbery 8 years before. The robbery involved intercepting a South African arriving on Jersey laden down with cash to deposit at one of the Jersey banks.

We know that the killer is David Mason, just out of prison after 8 years, he was involved in the original robbery and was “fitted up” by Grob and his fellow gang members. He is of course now determined to get his revenge.

Charlie collapses at home and is suffering from pneumonia, he also has a bit of a love interest in the shape of the much younger Sally (played by the gorgeous Sarah Neville).  As is usually the case Charlie also happens to be involved in the case – over the years he has bought lots of antiques from a man called Moise Davidson. He is working hand in hand with the villains who are led by the tough Harry Tilson.

As is usual with a script from Ian Kennedy Martin the quality is pretty high and there is plenty of humour too, especially in the scenes between David Mason and his hitman partner Damian. There is a high body count and plenty of action too, not least in a daring sea chase between Tilson and Jim. Tilson makes his escape by leaping from the boat to a waiting helicopter. The whole last 25 minutes or so are in fact all action, with Tilson’s team trying their luck a second time with a carbon copy of the first raid only to have Mason and his hitman Damien waiting.

There are lots of well known faces too including David Schofield as the mentally unbalanced Mason, Donald Sumpter and Andrew Sachs.

Bergerac Second Time Around

“you’ve completely ruined my meal now.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 26 December 1989

Writer: Ian Kennedy Martin / Director: Peter Ellis

Series: Bergerac Special Number Four (Airing between seasons 7 and 8)

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
David Schofield as David Mason
Jennifer Landor as Elizabeth Dufresne
Donald Sumpter as Harry Tilson
Prentis Hancock as Arthur Medley
Richard Hawley as Michael Fulton
Chris Langham as Devas
Andrew Sachs as Moise Davidson
Rupert Frazer as Ted Grob
Sarah Neville as Sally Collins
Derrick Branche as Damian Shore
Elizabeth Bradley as Mrs. Maurice
Lisa Climie as Wendy
Pavel Douglas as De Lavarre
Clare Byam Shaw as Dr. Bonham



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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