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Black Sails XXVIII (Starz 26 Mar 2017, with Richard Lothian)



In Black Sails XXVIII, the season 3 finale, the English begin their assault on Maroon. Despite major defences mounted on the beach it will not be enough. Rackham has taken charge of the Walrus charged with harrying the English ships, he knows that is also a fruitless task. Then a flotilla of six ships carrying English flags is spotted in the water. It initially looks like more English reinforcement but Rackham realises it is Blackbeard.

Once the English land in heavy numbers on the beach it is an all out battle. When it looks like Flint’s men are suffering heavy losses he orders them pulled back. Hornigold, who is part of the landing force, is convinced the retreat is a trick. During the pullback Flint tells Silver the truth about his relationship with Thomas Hamilton and the genesis of his hatred of England. Silver remarks that everyone else who Flint has confided in has unfortunately died. Silver also believes that someday it will be he who is responsible for Flint’s demise. It’s a fabulous conversation on the nature of power and friendship and yet again shows how well series creators Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg do in tying in the series with what we know of Treasure Island.

Silver also tells Flint that he has put the second part of the plan to take out the English troops in the hands of Dobbs, the man who sparked the unrest on the boat over the slaves. Flint can’t believe Silver would do such a thing but Silver knows he holds such a power over the crew that rather resenting Silver for how the disturbance on ship played out Dobbs actually needs to redeem himself in Silver’s eyes.

Dobbs, even though it looks like he might have betrayed Silver, does pull Hornigold’s men and the English troops into the trap. They are wiped out and in the fighting Flint shoots Hornigold dead.

Back on Nassau unrest is growing, not least at the fact that Vane’s body is still hanging from a gibbet. Billy is organising the Nassau resistance and is using Silver rather than Flint as it’s figurehead. It’s a truly inspiring move. The legend of Long John Silver is beginning.

classic quotes
“you have enemies here, let them be my enemies too.”

“To be underestimated is a wonderful gift.”

Tel you’re Governor, you tell him I’m coming.”

production details
USA / Starz / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 26 March 2016

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

Series: Black Sails Season 3 Episode 10

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
Ray Stevenson as Blackbeard
Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane (in the previously pre title segment)
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
Patrick Lyster as Captain Benjamin Hornigold
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Moshidi Motshegwa as The Maroon Queen
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Fiona Ramsay as Mrs. Mapleton
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Aidan Whytock as Jacob Garrett
Richard Lothian as Dobbs
Garth Breytenbach as Major Rollins
Dan Robbertse as Captain Throckmorton
Adam Neill as Mr. Soames
Wayne Harrison as Dr. Marcus
Jason Cope as Captain Chamberlain
Wilson Carpenter as Ellers
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Tshamano Sebe as Mr. Smalls
Roger Thomas as Hornigold’s Boatswain
Darron Meyer as Chamberlain’s Lieutenant
Winston Chong as Joji
Craig Hawks as Reuben
Calvin Hayward as Wayne
Sivuyile Ngesi as Udo
Ramey Short as Pirate Prisoner
Terry Hoffman as Lookout



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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