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Black Sails XXXVII (Starz 26 Mar 2017, with Toby Stephens)



In Black Sails XXXVII, the penultimate episode of the whole, the tension is almost unbearable. Madi is captive on Rogers’ boat and Flint and Silver and their crew on the Walrus are following them right into waters surrounding sinister Skull Island. The slow burn throughout the entire series of Flint’s fate and most likely life lying in the hands of John Silver is never more implicit in flashback scenes of Flint teaching Silver how to use a sword.

Woodes Rogers has told Madi he wants her to sign a treaty that would quell the “rebellion” and saves Silver’s life. Like Flint she sees the cause as more important than any single life.

As the episode begins though Flint (along with crew member Dooley) has taken the cache onto the island to bury, he is being tracked by a group of Silver’s men who have now been joined by Silver and Israel Hands. Having tricked the men into splitting up Flint in quick and brutal fashion.

Jack Rackham is also on his way to skeleton island, part of his deal with Marion Guthrie is to kill Flint, what he really wants though is the cache he sees as truly belonging to him.

During a tense standoff between Flint and Silver, where Silver makes it plain he cannot allow the madness to continue and if he cannot persuade Flint to see the same point of view is prepared to kill him. As they begin to fight they realise that their ship The Walrus is going down. It’s fully ablaze having been set alight by Roger’s men. Forced to abandon ship the men try to swim ashore only to be mercilessly shot by redcoats (and Billy Bones) waiting in launches to take pot shots at them. In a brief glimmer of his old oath Bones allows Ben Gunn to get away.

Hard to believe we are almost at the end of this superb series, the things we know about Treasure Island have always colored our thoughts on certain characters but at the same times added to the waves of tension that encompass the action. There has been an air of sadness over much of this final season particularly in the dynamic between Flint and Silver, closer than brothers, it has seemed inevitable at times to both of them that only one of them will stay the distance.

production details
UK / Starz / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 26 March 2017

Writer: Dan Shotz / Director: Steve Boyum

Series: Black Sails Season 4 Episode 9

Toby Stephens as Captain Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Tom Hopper as Billy Bones
Toby Schmitz as Rackham
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
David Wilmot as Israel Hands
Zethu Dlomo as Madi
Andre Jacobs as De Groot
Craig Jackson as Featherstone
Laudo Liebenberg as Dooley
Chris Fisher as Ben Gunn
Winston Chong as Joji
Ron Smerczak as Mr. McCoy
Wilson Carpenter as Ellers
Dale Jackson as Lieutenant Utley
Tyrone Keogh as Adams
Rory Acton Burnell as Colin



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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