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Black Sails XVII (Starz 21 Mar 2015, with Russell Savadier)



In Black Sails XVII Flint and Miranda are allowed to meet Lord Ashe, he is only willing to listen to them because of the safe return of his daughter. They make it plain to Lord Ashe that they still believe in their plan for total reconciliation.

After consideration Ashe tells Flint he will help him but only with strict conditions. Ashe says he will return with Flint to Nassau and if the situation is as he says it is then the two of them will travel to London where Flint must lay bare everything including his affair with Thomas.

The situation breaks down when Miranda spots a clock on Lord Ashe’s wall that she knows belonged to Thomas’s father. It becomes clear that Lord Ashe was working for Alfred all along. He is actually the man responsible for Flint and Miranda’s exile! Miranda starts to lose her temper leading to one of his bursting in and killing her. Flint is then badly beaten and arrested.

Vane and his men are laying in wait close to Flint’s ship and launch a devastating attack. He quickly overpowers Flint’s taken unawares crew. Silver, luckily, who has remained at large, has a plan.

Flint also reveals to Miranda why he chose the name Flint as his pirate nom de plume, it was from a story told by his grandfather who had been a sailor in his youth and had a strange experience one night in which a man appeared on his boat. His name was Mr Flint.

Eleanor, having buried her father, knows she has to stop Rackham recovering the gold as it could prove devastating to the fate of Nassau (“emboldening piracy for decades”) and launches a dead move on Rackham’s crew. Rackham himself is only saved by the timely re-appearance of Anne Bonny. Hornigold and Dufresne have decided that the Eleanor is the real source of trouble on Nassau and that they need to be rid of her.

Black Sails cements its position as truly great television with each successive episode and XVII is the best so far. So many plates are spinning and kept spinning magnificently by the production team. Miranda’s death is truly shocking quickly followed by the double shock of Vane persuading the crew to rescue Flint and then Eleanor being turned over to the English by Hornigold and Dufresne.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 21 March 2015

Writers: Brad Kaleb Kane / Director: Lukas Ettlin

Series: Black Sails Season 2 Episode 9

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
Sean Cameron Michael as Richard Guthrie
Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow
Nick Boraine as Peter Ashe
Meganne Young as Abigail Ashe
Lars Arentz-Hansen as William Rhett
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Russel Savadier as Underhill
Adrian Collins as Vincent
Robert Hobbs as Jenks
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
David Dukas as Captain Hume
David Butler as Frasier
Matthew Oats as Boat Captain
Josh Ramsey as Baymen Lieutenant
Sibongile Mlambo as Eme
Lawrence Joffe as Randall
Lyle McLeod as Rigger
Mzu Ntantiso as House Attendant
Nicky Rebelo as Merchant
David James as Pirate Thug
Winston Chong as Joji
Richard Lukunku as Joshua
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Patrick Lavisa as Babatunde
Richard Wright-Firth as Muldoon
Craig Macrae as Yardley



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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