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Black Sails XI (Starz 7 Feb 2015, with Tadhg Murphy)



In Black Sails XI with the ship about to head back into Nassau, Flint and Silver take a longboat to visit Hornigold to arrange supplies with the intention of heading straight back out to take the Urca treasure. It’s absolutely vital that no word is leaked about the fact that the Urca has run aground and the treasure is lying in wait on the beach. They are somewhat shocked to discover that Hornigold is no longer in charge of the fort.

The none too likeable Ned Low pays a visit to Vane seeking reassurance that he will not intervene should Low’s battle with Eleanor escalate. Vane agrees that he will not get involved, not that that means anything of course.

Flint next pays a visit to Eleanor, he’s not impressed at her behavior over allowing Vane to take control of the fort, he makes it plain they need to be rid of him if he is to have a place to bring the Urca gold back to. Eleanor gets a but of wise advice from Mr Scott about just where her allegience should lay.

Vane takes the Ned Low situation to a very quick conclusion, killing him and taking his ship. He leaves Ned’s head on a stake outside Eleanor tavern with a sign saying “I angered Charles Vane.” Vane also discovers that the “unique item” being held by Low is actually Angela Ashe, the daughter of Lord Peter Ashe, the governor of the Carolina colony. She is worth a potentially huge ransom.

Meanwhile Rackham has ambitions to captain his own ship once more but needs Vane’s help in repairing his damaged reputation.

Flashbacks show James’ growing relationship with both Thomas and Lady Hamilton. One that is already leading to a dangerous liason.

One of the real plus points of Black Sails and one of the things that put above most other series is the rich level of background detail in every scene. Money has been well and truly spent and it shows.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 7 February 2015

Writers: Brad Caleb Kane / Director: Stefan Schwartz

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 3

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
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Dylan Skews as Logan
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Sibongile Mlambo as Eme
Nic Rasenti as Mr. Holmes
Adrian Collins as Vincent
Tyrel Meyer as Nicholas
Winston Chong as Joji
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Melissa Haiden as Passing Whore
Patrick Lavisa as Babatunde
Aaron Hinrichsen as Scrawny Teenager



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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