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Bergerac: Treasure Hunt (BBC-1 26 Dec 1987, with Liza Goddard)



In Treasure Hunt, it’s been quite a few months since Susan’s affair and both she and Jim are still struggling to get back to normal. She is heading up to Edinburgh to stay with relatives for a two week break. After seeing Susan off on the London train Jim is rather perturbed to see Phillippa Vale on the opposite platform.

When she then turns up on Jersey Jim knows there is going to be trouble. He quickly discovers that her arrival is linked to the recent death of a prominent London gangster. When valuable artefacts belonging to the wealthy members of a Jersey historical society are stolen it’s clear to Jim who is behind the thefts. Philippa admits to Jim that she is involved but that there is more in play than even she knows. When one of the group members is found murdered Jim and Philippa team up to discover what is really going on.

The second feature length Christmas special and for the first time there is a new arrangement of the theme tune. There is also a new title sequence and one that doesn’t feature Jim’s ex-wife Deborah. Her role had become pretty much non-existent over the previous season anyway. The episode also marks the fourth appearance for Philippa Vale (and the second in less than a year after her appearance in SPARTA). It’s also the second Vale episode where the dynamic has changed to Jim and Philippa working together to crack the real case.Conveniently Susan is also out of the way for most of the episode too and when Jim and Philippa are locked in a cellar overnight together – the inevitable happens.

Beides Liza Goddard as Vale there are lots of other familiar faces popping up too including Peter Jeffrey, David Horovitch and Lynette Davies.

Bergerac Treasure Hunt

It had to happen sooner or later… Jim and Philippa spend the night together.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 26 December 1987

Writer: Rod Beacham / Production Design: Phil Roberson / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Bergerac Christmas Special Number 2, aired between seasons 5 and 6.

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles
Liza Goddard as Philippa Vale
Peter Jeffrey as Terence
James Maxwell as Raymond
David Horovitch as Simeon Fox
John Grillo as Cyril Clavering
Lynette Davies as Miranda
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Greg Hicks as Gregory Ormond
Carole Harrison as Tina Bragg
Michael Melia as Insp Petch
Steve Paget as Sgt Grieve
Rosemary Frankau as Museum curator
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy
Geoffrey Leesley as Det Con Wilson
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Stuart Saunders as Sir Roger Carfax
John Cassady as Leao
David Beckett as Vincent
Christopher Donat as Security assistant
John Crocker as Shopkeeper
Marilyn Le Conte as Desk clerk
Chris Dunne as Chaplain
Penny Smith as Waitress at garden party
Theresa Fresson as Waitress at cafe
Dorothea Alexander as Lady with dog
Gareth Milne as Tony Bragg



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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