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Black Sails XXXIV (Starz 5 Mar 2017, with David Butler)



In Black Sails XXXIV things are looking dire for the pirates and slaves on Nassau, Rogers leads the Spanish ships safely into the harbour and it very quickly turns into a rout.

Flint, Eleanor and Madi (along with a few of Eleanor and Madi’s men) need to get back to the fort quickly, before they can get there they are cut off by a group of Spanish regulars. They do make it to a settlement but are soon under fire from a small platoon – they manage to beat them off but Flint and some of the men head off after a trio of stragglers. They can’t afford for the main force to discover where they are.

Silver and his men have taken refuge with the slaves at the Underhill plantation, they need to persuade slave army leader Julius to join them. If they do they can hopefully keep the Spanish at bay. A tense meeting sees Julius leave without giving Silver an answer.

Featherstone, Idelle and a number of crewmen manage to get the Walrus around to the other side of the the island and rendezvous with Rackham who is waiting to pick up survivors.

With Flint’s and several of the men having gone to track down the Spanish stragglers a lone Spaniard, who hadn’t actually been killed in the initial skirmish, kills the men who were left to guard Eleanor and Madi and breaks into the house. The girls try to overcome him but he is too strong, Madi is knocked unconscious to the floor and Eleanor is badly beaten and takes a bad sword wound to her side. When it looks like all is lost she grabs a piece of wood from the fire and sets the soldier on fire.

When Flint and his men eventually return the settlement is ablaze and Eleanor is on the verge of death of outside, it’s too late to save her. It’s a death we weren’t expecting to be honest, the death of Madi is no real surprise but we kind of expected Eleanor to be around at the end. Which of course makes her death all the more shocking.

Just when it looks like Silver and his men are also about to overrun Julius and his large slave army turns up to save the day, sending the Spanish running into a retreat. Flint is not long in arriving and has to break the news to Silver that Madi, who has become his lover and confidante, is dead. Silver is devastated.

Flint and Silver know it is over and they need to get their men off the island. The Walrus and Rackham’s sloop are still waiting for them. The plan being to head to Maroon, regroup and then think about their next move.

Rackham has also picked up Max who very quickly realised which way the tide was turning. When she discovers that Eleanor is dead she tells Rackham that instead of heading to Maroon with Flint they need to go to Philadelphia and Eleanor’s grandfather. Back on the Maroon though, word has got out about the sacking of Nassau and both slaves and pirates from all corners are arriving….

Billy clearly still has a role to play in the remaining episode. He was locked in one of the outbuilding have been injured by Israel and badly beaten by the slaves. However he is released by one of his former crewmates who, knowing that the Spanish are likely to overrun them, lets him go.

production details
USA / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 5 March 2017

Writers: Robert Levine Jonathan E. Steinberg / Director: Steve Boyum

Series: Black Sails Season 4 Episode 6

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
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Moshidi Motshegwa as The Maroon Queen
Winston Chong as Joji
Dale Jackson as Lieutenant Utley
Adam Neill as Mr. Soames
David Butler as Frasier
Andrian Mazive as Kofi
Tinah Mnumzana as Ruth
Ilay Kurelovic as Governor Raja
Jorge Suquet as Grandal
Sizo Mahlangu as Obi
Tony Kgoroge as Julius
Apolinhalo Antonio as Zaki
Wojtek Lipinski as Redcoat #1
Frans Steyn as Redcoat #2
Scott George as Spanish Advisor
Gavin Gomes as Spanish Soldier #1
Brandon Amronski as Senior Spanish Officer



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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