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Black Sails IX (Starz 24 Jan 2015, with Rupert Penry-Jones)



In season two opener Black Sails IX Flint and his crew are stranded on the same island as the wrecked Spanish treasure ship Urca d’Lima. The crew, which is now led by Dufresne, want both Flint and Silver dead but Flint persuades them that he can take the war galleon sitting off the coast and guarding the treasure. The crew consider it a suicide mission but promise to spare him if he succeeds. Silver believing it is part of an escape plan by Flint also volunteers for the mission.

Despite being captured Silver and Flint manage to outwit the spaniards and with the rest of the pirate crew manages to assume control of the galleon.

Back on Nassau Vane is still in control of the fort but is not pulling his weight when it comes to looking after the security of the island and Rackham is feeling somewhat sorry for himself, his position at the brothel having been taken by Max now that Vane has returned.

Meanwhile in flashbacks we see Flints first meeting with Thomas Hamilton.

Incidentally as the episode opens and before we get to Flint and Co on the island, we see a new pirate to the scene Ned Low, he takes a ship and kills everyone on board, all except one – a young woman who he believes has the intention to be incredibly valuable. It’s clear that Low is going to have a part to play in the unfolding action of the second season.

Dufresne is now played by a completely different actor. Robert Reed having replaced Jannes Eiselen in the role.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 24 January 2015

Writers: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine / Director: Steve Boyam

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 1

Toby Stephens as Captain Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Rupert Penry-Jones as Thomas Hamilton
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Andrew Brent as Captain Jefferson
Mark Simpson as First Mate
Tadhg Murphy as Ned Low
Brendan Murray as Meeks
Dylan Skews as Logan
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Karl Thaning as O’Malley
Lawrence Joffe as Randall
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Winston Chong as Joji
Nic Rasenti as Mr. Holmes
Paul Snodgrass as Impatient Pirate
David James as Pirate Thug
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Graham Lucas as Warehouse Cashier
Martin Otto as Spanish Boatswain
Alex An Los as Ranking Spanish Sailor
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe



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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