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Black Sails III (Starz 8 Feb 2014, with Mark Ryan)



In Black Sails III Silver is in the hands of Flint’s men having committed the missing page of ship’s log to memory and then burnt it. He agrees to re-write the page – but not all of it. Silver wants to rejoin the crew and take a fair share of the haul.

With enough of the plan now in place Flint and Eleanor begins preparations to go in search of the Treasure Galleon Urca d’Lima – however they need a consort ship to go with them. This is not an operation they can tackle alone.

Eleanor tries to persuade her father, who is still recuperating from the fight with the English soldiers, to help with the organisation and funding of the expedition. Meanwhile Gates pays a visit to prominent pirate captain Benjamin Hornigold, he proposes that Flint lets him use his boat and crew (with Gates in charge) in exchange for a share of the proceeds. After a visit from Rackham Gates realise that Vane would be a better proposition for consort than Hornigold’s ship. Flint of course is not keen. Gates and Rackham broker a meeting and eventually an understanding is reached.

We discover that Vane has been holding Max prisoner. We are also learning that this is a series that Games of Thrones style is not afraid of overstepping the bounds of propriety, from nudity to language to violence (including a very off scene of Max getting raped by Vane’s men). It’s an act that sees Eleanor taking immediate steps to bring Vane down. Being in control of the town makes her very powerful in the eyes of Vane’s crew. She makes it plain that if Vane’s men do not renounce him and join Flint’s crew they are finished. They are left with no alternative and Vane is left with no crew and no ship.

We are also learning more about the main characters, Silver is a chancer, Flint is desperate, Vane is a thug and Eleanor is very calculating. It’s interesting too that so far it is Gates and Billy Bones rather than Captain Flint. that are the glue keeping the crew together.

The production design on the series is superb though across every aspect. Surely Starz make the most sumptuous looking series. Between this and Outlander they rule the roost when it comes to set and costume design.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 8 February 2014

Writers: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine / Director: Neil Marshall

Series: Black Sails Season 1 Episode 3

Toby Stephens as Captain Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
Tom Hopper as Billy Bones
Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Mark Ryan as Gates
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Sean Cameron Michael as Richard Guthrie
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Jeremy Crutchley as Morley
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Lawrence Joffe as Randal
Jannes Eiselen as Dufresne
Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
Dylan Skews as Logan
Neels Clasen as Hamund
Quentin Krog as Turk
Richard Antrobus as Phillip
Winston Chong as Joji
Georgie Calverley as Ranger Crew Member



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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