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Black Sails XV (Starz 7 Mar 2015, with Lise Slabber)



In Black Sails XV Flint and Hornigold are trying to persuade their various crews whether to attack the Fort or not.

The two men Flint sent to keep watch on the Spanish and the gold come back with disturbing news – the gold has gone. It plunges the pirate camp into chaos. It also means that Hornigold’s plan is now irrelevant.

Flint needs Silver’s help to persuade the men to follow him with taking Abigail Ashe back to her father – Silver makes it plain that as far as he is concerned the gold was his only reason for backing Flint. However Silver being Silver self preservation is his principle concern.

Meanwhile Billy and Dufresne are making their own plans to move against Flint. Or so Dufresne thinks anyway. It’s actually a ploy by Bones to weed out the dissenters and malcontents.

With Anne Bonny having killed Logan and Charlotte, Max has some cleaning up to do. The rest of the girls want Anne gone but after Anne saved her from Vane’s men she will do anything to protect her. Anne Bonny also has her own Calamity Jane moment when she enters the brothel wearing a dress.

Eleanor takes Abigail out through the fort’s secret tunnels and is almost captured by Vane who makes it plain just what her betrayal means.

In a fabulous Treasure Island twist it’s revealed that Silver and the two crewmen lied about the gold being gone – they had in fact returned because the Spaniards had all died from a tropical illness. The gold is still there! Silver tells Max and believes that with a small crew he can go and claim it.

classic quotes
“We’re back to the same choices we’ve known all our lives, toil for another man’s benefit or steal for our own. Unless Captain Flint has shown us a third way – reconciliation.”

“None of us are safe until we are all safe.”

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

Writers: Lisa Schultz Boyd / Director: Alik Sakharov

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 7

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
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Sean Cameron Michael as Richard Guthrie
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Adrian Collins as Vincent
Tyrel Meyer as Nicholas
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Aidan Whytock as Jacob Garrett
Riaz Solker as Big Conspirator
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Winston Chong as Joji
Sibongile Mlambo as Eme
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Lawrence Joffe as Randall



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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