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Black Sails XXXII (Starz 19 Feb 2017, with Clyde Berning)



In Black Sails XXXII Silver and Flint have taken back control of Nassau. They have established a joint leadership but have yet to deal with the issue of Billy Bones who is leading his own renegade army. When Billy arrives for discussions on the “transition” he reveals that he has Max under lock and key. Bones will only discuss the issue with Silver.

Eleanor has organised a retreat for the key people of the town back to the Fort but is concerned when Max is not amongst their number. She is quick to offer an exchange of twenty captured men in exchange for her.

Rogers is on his way back to Nassau having killed Blackbeard and taken the rest of the crew (including Anne and Rackham) prisoner. He is surprised to see a small ship heading out of Nassau and after intercepting it is none too pleased to learn it has fallen to the pirates.

Rogers orders one of his Lieutenants to take the 42 pirate prisoners to Port Royale in the sloop whilst he heads back to Nassau in the Revenge. The Lieutenant is not impressed and has no intention of taking all of the pirates with him. He is playing a gruesome game – his toughest man is taking the pirates on one of one, his man does the have the help of a heavy sledgehammer to make the battle easier. Anne Bonny persuades Jack to let her be chosen. She genuinely believes she has the element of surprise on her side, and a broken shard of glass proves she does. She is also able to get the keys to release the pirates. She does take a heavy beating in the process though.

Heading back to the Underhill plantation to try and talk to the slaves there. Former housekeeper Ruth tells her that a slave called Julius has led a revolt at the Edwards plantation and is starting his own slave army.

With Rogers about to head into the harbour with his new warship the Revenge, Eleanor calls for a secret meeting with Flint and Silver, she tells them she wants top avoid any more fighting she will give them the fort and everything inside it if they give her the cache of pearl and safe passage off Nassau for her and her people.

classic quote
“We are at our least rational when we are at our most vulnerable.”

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 19 February 2017

Writers: Peter Ocko, Michael Russell Gunn / Director: Marc Jobst

Series: Black Sails Season 4 Episode 4

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
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Lise Slabber as Idelle
Anna-Louise Plowman as Mrs. Hudson
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Aidan Whytock as Jacob Garrett
Clyde Berning as Lieutenant Kendrick
Winston Chong as Joji
Tinah Mnumzana as Ruth
Tony Kgoroge as Julius
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Rory Acton Burnell as Colin
Dale Jackson as Lieutenant Utley
Adam Neill as Mr. Soames
Sizo Mahlangu as Obi
Kerry Gregg as Milton
Wilson Carpenter as Ellers
David Butler as Frasier
Anton Dekker as Tom Morgan
Theo Landey as First Mate Molin
Darrell Mclean as Carver
Anthony C. Hyde as Sayle
Nicky Rebelo as Rawls
Milton Schorr as Lieutenant Burrell
Ebby Weyime as Amara
Trevor Frost as Heckling Redcoat



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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