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Black Sails VIII (Starz 15 Mar 2014, with Patrick Lyster)



In Black Sails VIII, the season one finale, with the journey very much underway Flint wants the final part of the page from Silver. Flint knows he has to deliver the Urca to his men or he is a dead man. Tracking through to Silver’s co-ordinates leaves them no closer to the Urca but then a Spanish man o’war appears in view. Flint is convinced it is an escort for the Urca and that they need to take it out and quickly.

Flint’s bigger trouble though is the mutiny that is stirring up on both ships. The whole crew now seemingly knows about the fact that Singleton never had the missing page and that it was another Flint ruse. They also believed Flint killed Billy Bones. When Gates tells him he has had enough and is taking the other ship and leaving him to it, Flint knows he cannot let him leave alive.

Meanwhile Vane arrives back on Nassau with Albinus’ men, he takes over Ben Hornigold’s fort and starts attacking the supply ships in the harbour. He leaves Eleanor no option but to strike up a partnership with him.

Back on the Walrus and with the opportunity to take on the Man O’War and win Dufresne risks it all by officially putting the charge to Flint in front of the men. Flint is determined to open fire on the Man O’War and even a bullet from Dufresne won’t stop him – thanks to a little help from Silver.

The Walrus is wrecked on the closest island, when an unconcious Flint comes around Silver and Dufresne take him to the other side of the island where the Urca and it’s incredible cargo has also been wrecked…

It’s a totally brilliant closing half hour, Flint is left with no choice but to continue, but in ends it costing him everything. It’s brilliantly realised too. The moment when the Man O’War is able to turn and bring it’s guns to bear on the Walrus is mesmerising and devastating.

classic quote
“Time and again he gambles with our lives, that is when he’s not taking them in cold blood.”

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 15 March 2014

Writers: Michael Angeli / Director: Marc Munden

Series: Black Sails Season 1 Episode 8

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
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
Lise Slabber as Idelle
David Butler as Frasier
Dylan Skews as Logan
Karl Thaning as O’Malley
Winston Chong as Joji
Fiona Ramsay as Mrs. Mapleton
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
John Herbert as Captain Lawrence
Graham Weir as Captain Naft
Alberto Nicolo’ as Spanish Officer



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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