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Black Sails XXIX (Starz 29 Jan 2017, with Winston Chong)



In Black Sails XXIX the first episode of the fourth and final season, Flint’s fleet is heading back to Nassau. What they haven’t reckoned with is Rogers laying a trap, deliberately laying a bank of wrecked ships just off shore to stall the fleet and then opening fire on the ships.

Only the man o’war commanded by Blackbeard and Rackham is safe. They hope that Rogers will send ships out after them allowing the survivors at least a chance to get ashore.

Silver goes missing in the water, believed dead. 121 of the men have been captured and will stand trial as quickly as possible. Meanwhile Billy Bones takes Flint and the rest of the survivors deep into the interior. Bones tells Flint that following the Maroon battle the Naval commander took most of his ships and returned to England. Rogers has enough men to guard the city but not enough to go in search of Flint.

Billy thinks if they wait a few days they can muster enough to tackle the town head on. Flint thinks they need to attack immediately, however Billy makes it clear now that Silver is not around he is now the one the men answer to. Flint threatens to withhold the location of the cache of black pearls if he doesn’t get his way but a dangerous stand off is avoided with Madi revealing that she too knows the location of the cache.

Silver has found an air pocket on one of the rapidly sinking ships and eventually makes his way to the shore. Only to be immediately captured by a rogue pirate who is keen to collection the 500 pieces that is being offered for his capture.

Eleanor is now calling herself Mrs Rogers and has further cemented her position. She is disturbed to learn that Rogers has accrued massive debts in trying to get the Nassau mission off the ground and his former wife is now using her influence to have his debts called in.

It’s another episode full of stunning and epic set pieces. The ships running foul and the fall out from it is a superb slice of action.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 29 January 2017

Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg / Director: Lukas Ettlin

Series: Black Sails Season 4 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
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
David Wilmot as Israel Hands
Ray Stevenson as Blackbeard
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Chris Larkin as Captain Berringer
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Anna-Louise Plowman as Mrs. Hudson
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Winston Chong as Joji
Aidan Whytock as Jacob Garrett
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Wilson Carpenter as Ellers
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Craig Hawks as Reuben
Dale Jackson as Lieutenant Utley
Clyde Berning as Lieutenant Kendrick
Rory Acton Burnell as Colin
Adam Neill as Mr. Soames
Mike Westcott as Judge Adams
Clinton du Preez as Revenge Doctor
Mark Elderkin as Pastor Lambrick
Milton Schorr as Lieutenant Burrell
Sizo Mahlangu as Obi



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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