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Black Sails XII (Starz 14 Feb 2015, with Meganne Young)



In Black Sails XII Flint delivers an ultimatum to Vane. Either he vacates the fort within 24 hours or he uses the massive firepower of his Spanish warship to reign hell upon him. Handily Flint is positioned just outside the range of the Forts cannons.

Eleanor makes a last ditch effort to save the situation, if the fort is wrecked then Nassau would be seriously undermined. Vane himself seems more interested in setting a ransom, a supremely huge for the time of £250,000, for the life of Lord Ashe’s daughter.

On the island trying to persuade as many men to side with Flint as possible Silver is very disturbed to discover that Billy Bones has been washed up on the beach, very much the worse for wear.

The love triangle with Rackham, Anne Bonny and Max is growing more complicated – Max though is proving to be very good at getting Rackham a crew and even better – boat.

Flashbacks show Hamilton and Flint finalising their plan for the Caribbean, Hamilton wants to grant the pirates a free pardon. Despite Flint telling him that his father will be very much against the idea he goes ahead with it. Only Lord Ashe is willing to take the idea on board.

The whole episode builds up around the ultimatum Flint gives Vane and the return of Billy Bones back on Nassau is something of a surprise. Despite everyone around him counselling him to use caution, the episode ends with the cold blooded Flint giving the order to fire.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 14 February 2015

Writers: Dan Shotz, Jonathan E. Steinberg / Director: Clark Johnson

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 4

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
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Nick Boraine as Peter Ashe
Danny Keogh as Alfred Hamilton
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
David Butler as Frasier
John Herbert as Captain Lawrence
Murray Todd as Crier
Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
David De Beer as Bystander
Lawrence Joffe as Randall
Gavin Werner as Peering Pirate
Nicol Ritchie as Lowly Merchant
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Francesco Nassimbeni as Flint’s Messenger
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Patrick Lavisa as Babatunde
Graham Weir as Captain Naft
Kelly Wragg as Alice
Dylan Skews as Logan
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Winston Chong as Joji



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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