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Bergerac: Trenchard’s Last Case (BBC-1 18 Mar 1989, with Alec McCowen)



In Trenchard’s Last Case an old Scotland Yard detective, Trenchard, is on the island. Supposedly for a fishing holiday but he quickly begins to make a nuisance of himself, harassing prominent businessman Oliver Sutton. Jim does some digging and discovers that Sutton is rumoured to be behind a £2 million pound bullion robbery some four years before. This was the last case Trenchard was working on when he was invalided out of the force. A young copper was badly injured and left paralysed in the raid and Trenchard is determined to bring down Sutton.

Meanwhile Barney’s promotion to Superintendent is official, he is back in uniform and moving away from the Bureau to general headquarters. There has been quite a bit of talk in the office as to who will replace Crozier, Jim is adamant it won’t be him. However thanks to various recommendations it’s announced that no-one will actually replace him, he will continue to coordinate the activities of the bureau from main HQ. He will be most likely taking Peggy with him.

Jim is sure this is just the prelude to the Bureau being shut down, it was it’s independence from the rest of the force that drew Jim to the bureau in the first place. Jim seeks out Susan’s counsel but she really does want to move on.

As the seventh season ends Jim persuades Charlie to lease him his boat (he initially wanted to buy it and sell the cottage but Charlie thinks the lease option is more sensible), he intends to take a long sabbatical from the force and think through his options.

There is a real sense of closure for this episode, around this time there was lots of talk that the show would finish and this would certainly have served as a very fitting end to the series, Jim sailing off into the distance as Susan waves off with a “bye Jim Bergerac.” As it was the series would be back for a Christmas special and another two seasons.

Bergerac Trenchard's Last Case

Jim gets all Poldark on us…

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 18 March 1989

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Gary Pritchard / Director: Mike Barnes

Series: Bergerac Season 7 Episode 8

John Nettles as Det Sgt Bergerac
Alec McCowen as Trenchard
Catherine Neilson as Jennifer Sutton
John Telfer as Willy Pettit
David Kershaw as Ben Lomas
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy
Sean Arnold as Crozier
George Costigan as Oliver Sutton
Terence Alexander as Hungerford
Angus Kennedy as Norman:
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Alan Brown as Police sergeant
Patrick Monckton as Mike Blain
Paul Bhattacharjee as Photographer



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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