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Black Sails XXV (Starz 5 Mar 2016, with Andre Jacobs)



In Black Sails XXV Spain has become infuriated that not only has the gold not been returned to them but that some of it has been converted into a cache of more transportable black pearls. Rogers knows he needs to get his hands on the gems, which have been hidden by Rackham and Bonny, and return them to the Spanish. Flint and Vane aim to get the cache first and then dictate their own terms.

The Maroon Queen insists that her daughter Madi accompany Flint and his crew, she will be a vital conduit between the slaves on the island and Flint. It will also let her get closer to Silver.

Silver, Billy and Madi sneak onto Nassau to start sowing the seeds of discontent and reveal the news that Flint is not in fact dead as everybody on the island believes. When Dufresne starts to speak out against Flint, Silver kills him in brutal fashion. He makes it plain he wants to see everybody on the beach tomorrow ready to rejoin Flint’s crew – if they don’t there will be repercussions, the men will forever have to be looking over their shoulder and Silver has a “long” memory.

Max tells Eleanor that people are talking about her friendship with Rogers and that it could undermine the work he is trying to accomplish on the island. Eleanor responds by taking Rogers to bed.

Rogers arranges matters so that, apart from himself and a couple of guards, the beach is deserted when Flint and co arrive. A tense meeting between the two sees Flint making it plain that he will not rest until the English are off “his” island. Rogers makes it plain the free pardon is no more and any one who commits an act of piracy will be classed as one of Flint’s men.

classic quotes
“We’re all villains in Nassau, just because you’re new don’t think you are any different.”

“Captain Flint is dead,”
“Not anymore he’s not.”

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 5 Mar 2016

Writer: Josh Rothenberger, Marc Berzenski / Director: Rob Bailey

Series: Black Sails Season 3 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
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Roland Reed as Dufresne
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Anna-Louise Plowman as Mrs. Hudson
Moshidi Motshegwa as The Maroon Queen
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Sivuyile Ngesi as Udo
Francis Chouler as Lieutenant Perkins
Fiona Ramsay as Mrs. Mapleton
Sibo Mlambo as Eme
James Alexander as Juan Antonio Grandal
Will Karsten as Tavern Bystander
Garth Breytenbach as Major Rollins
Nevena Jablanovic as Georgia
Christopher Stein as Sick Redcoat Guard
Winston Chong as Joji
Alistair Moulton Black as Dr. Howell
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Richard Lothian as Dobbs
Calvin Hayward as Wayne
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn



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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