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Bergerac: Sins of the Fathers (BBC-1 29 Nov 1985, with Warren Clarke)



In Sins of the Fathers a film crew is shooting a world war II movie on the island. Lead actor Henry Hoffman is a big name Hollywood actor, originally from Germany, he is causing a lot of bad feeling on the set with his prima-donna ways and there are people on the island who are not happy about him being on the island. He has been receiving threatening letters and Jim investigates.

Bergerac learns that Hoffman’s father was stationed on the island during the occupation during the second world war. It turns out that Hoffman had been charged with rape and was shot in front of a firing squad.

Things take a dangerous turn when one of the stunt men is nearly killed when a rope stunt is deliberately sabotaged. Henry was supposed to be on the rope but bad light meant a change of plan. Jim also discovers that Henry is heavily in debt to one of the film’s backers, Vaccarro (played by the fabulous Maurice Roeves)

This was Warren Clarke’s second Bergerac appearance having also appeared in season one episode Relative Values.

An excellent episode, classic Bergerac really; A tangled plot, plenty of action and lots of well known faces popping up – including Clarke, Roeves, Petra Markham, Frank Williams, Lynn Farleigh and Ursula Howells.

Bergerac Sins of the Father

The always excellent Maurice Roeves.

classic quote
“He did it all himself, a cut price John Stonehouse.”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 November 1985 at 9.25pm

Writer: Tessa Coleman / Production Design: John Hurst / Director: Graeme Harper

Series: Bergerac Season 4 Episode 8

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Mela White as Diamante Lil
Louise Jameson as Susan
Deborah Grant as Deborah
Warren Clarke as Henry Hoffman
Lynn Farleigh as Joan Grant
Francesca Brill as Annette Grady
Ursula Howells as Elizabeth Fouchet
Ivor Roberts as Alan Fouchet
Maurice Roeves as Vaccarro
Petra Markham as Suzie Borden
Terry Molloy as Carlton
Andrew McCulloch as Tim
Frank Williams as Librarian
Dennis Edwards as Jean du Bois
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Roger Ostime as Man with gun
Alan Thompson as Pathologist
David Janes as Ben
Bill Weston as Greg
Stuart St Paul as Bob
Elaine Waller as Receptionist



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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