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Black Sails XIX (Starz 23 Jan 2016, with Ray Stevenson)



Season three opener XIX signals it’s intent immediately with a pre-title sequence featuring a certain heavily bearded gent.

Judging by the length of Silver’s hair several months have passed; Flint has embarked on all-out war against the English showing no mercy to those he comes across – whether they are innocent or not.

Vane is on the hunt for a prize, seemingly working a ship Rackham who has ever so slightly let his new found wealth go to his head.

Max, having taken on much of Eleanor’s interests has become one of the most important women on Nassau. She wants the gold removed from the fort thinking that it makes the island a target whilst the fort is so damaged.

Mr Scott has been put in charge of the restoration of the Fort but can find no willing workers thanks to Rackham’s spendthrift ways.

There is an uneasy alliance between Flint, Rackham and Vane. The priority being to look after the island. Meanwhile en route back to Nassau Flint’s crew find an abandoned ship, they quickly realise they have fallen into a trap. An English hunter fifty guns strong is lying in wait for them. In something of a surprise, the ship is Captained by Hornigold (with Dufresne alongside him). He shouts an offer of free pardons but that can never be acceptable to Flint. Knowing they have no chance of winning a sea battle Flint takes his ship right into the heart of a storm.

Eleanor is given the chance to save her life and have her sentence commuted if she agrees to return to Nassau and act as a spy for the English government.

classic quote
“Your days of approaching unannounced are behind you.” – Flint to Silver.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 23 January 2016

Writers: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levinee / Director: Alik Sakharov

Series: Black Sails Season 3 Episode 1

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
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
Ray Stevenson as Blackbeard
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Winston Chong as Joji
Mark Sykes as Merchant Captain
Jonathan Taylor as Magistrate Hazzard
Rob Fruithof as Slaver Captain
Rhinus Lotz as Slaver Mate
Dorette Potgieter as Magistrate’s Wife
Eddie Baroo as Tom
Kevin Abbott as Edgar
Neville Thomas as Mock Judge
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Johan Vermaak as Eleanor Impersonator
Colette Brand as Celeste
Carl Van Haght as Hallendale
Jenna Saras as Death Figure
Richard Lothian as Dobbs
Calvin Hayward as Wayne



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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