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Black Sails XXIII (Starz 20 Feb 2016, with Wilson Carpenter)



In Black Sails XXIII Flint and his men are still captives of the former slaves. As luck would have it Mr Scott has been leading something of a double life and has played a pivotal part in settling the natives on the Maroon island. He is also the Queen’s husband. Having been shot trying to get the Nassau slaves captured by Vane off the island he too is taken to Maroon.

Both the dying Mr Scott and Flint realise that a potential partnership is essential, the slaves and the pirates joining forces to take back Nassau. They just have to persuade the queen.

Hornigold and his men have secured the fort and the remains of the Spanish gold (of which quite a bit has been converted into black pearls by Rackham – at the suggestion of the ever scheming Max).

Max is not happy about Roger’s not including her (thanks to influence from Eleanor) on a new council that’s being formed. Given that she is now one of the most important women on the island you can see her point. She understands most clearly though that money talks and uses part of her cache of the Spanish gold, in the form of black pearls, to make Rogers see sense.

Vane and Blackbeard, who now have a fleet of five ships at their command, take out a Spanish ship and in the process learn that the Spanish have been making plans for dealing with Nassau in their own way. Having discovered that the gold has begun to be exchanged for more moveable commodities they are not too pleased. In fact the Spanish want their gold back. Mrs Hudson also reveals to Rogers that she has actually been spying for the Spanish and they know a sizeable chunk of the gold is gone.

Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny have a plan to head to Port Royale, get a boat and new crew and then on to Europe. However Jack decides they should instead go and get their pardons instead of having to live like fugutives for evermore.

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USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 20 Feb 2016

Writer: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine / Director: Alik Sakharov

Series: Black Sails Season 3 Episode 5

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
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Moshidi Motshegwa as The Maroon Queen
Anna-Louise Plowman as Mrs. Hudson
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Craig Hawks as Reuben
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Wilson Carpenter as Ellers
Francis Chouler as Lieutenant Perkins
Sibongile Mlambo as Eme
Michael Kirch as Pardon Clerk
Isak Férriz as Spaniard
Alwyn Marx as Spanish Officer
Greig Rogers as Death
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Richard Lothian as Dobbs
Winston Chong as Joji
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
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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