Bergerac (1981–1991)
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Recovering alcoholic Jim Bergerac, a sergeant in the Jersey police force, returns to the island after a period of absence during which he has recovered from injuries sustained on the job. ... See full summary »


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Robert Banks Stewart (by), Robert Banks Stewart (series created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... Jim Bergerac
Cécile Paoli Cécile Paoli ... Francine (as Cecile Paoli)
Terence Alexander ... Hungerford
Sean Arnold ... Crozier
Annette Badland ... Charlotte
Mela White Mela White ... Diamante Lil
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ... Gulliver
Tony Melody ... Chief
Raymond Adamson ... Senator
Deborah Grant ... Deborah
Lindsay Heath Lindsay Heath ... Kim
David Savile David Savile ... Gurney
Floella Benjamin Floella Benjamin ... Juniper
Alan Thompson Alan Thompson ... Mr. Pollender
Elizabeth Choice Elizabeth Choice ... Mrs. Pollender (as Elisabeth Choice)


Recovering alcoholic Jim Bergerac, a sergeant in the Jersey police force, returns to the island after a period of absence during which he has recovered from injuries sustained on the job. Nonetheless he is not considered fit enough to join the newly-formed Bureau Des Etrangers, headed by Inspector Crozier. Thus Jim does some unofficial sleuthing into the death of colleague Tom Draycott, and, helped by Draycott's girlfriend, artist Francine, uncovers a plot to sell arms to South Africa. His success in catching the culprit leads to his being accepted into the bureau though he still has to contend with the reluctance of his ex-wife Deborah, daughter of shady millionaire Charlie Hungerford, to see their daughter Kim. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Floella Benjamin was dubbed by another actress in a bid to make the character sound "more authentically American". See more »


[after recovering from injuries received while making an arrest, Jim returned to work but the Chief told him that his medical report meant that he was likely to be dismissed from the police as being unfit for duty, but now he has just arrested a bent gun dealer after a fight, forcing the Chief to reconsider his decision]
Senator: I'm going to recommend to the committee that the question of your fitness be reviewed at a later date.
Chief: Reviewed, Jim, which means proved.
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Picking It Up
16 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There must have been something in the water in London of the 1980s. All these actors with hit shows wanted to be taken seriously as thespians. Martin Shaw had enough of The Professionals. Trevor Eve walked out of Shoestring. The latter's decision meant that creator Robert Banks Stewart went on to produce Bergerac. I wonder if he was tempted to call him Bootlace!

John Nettles is Bergerac and not a large hooter in sight. A detective sergeant in the Jersey police. Jim Bergerac, is a recovering alcoholic, just got divorced, suffered a leg injury which has put him at risk of being pensioned off with a disability.

On his way back to Jersey on the plane, Bergerac witnesses an incident. A colleague of his is seriously injured and the clue is an heavy accented man who fled an hit and run accident.

Bergerac comes across an arms dealer who might be dealing with the South African regime and thus breaching sanctions.

Bergerac has a testy relationship with everyone. His newly promoted boss, his now ex-wife, his roguish wealthy ex father in law Charlie Hungerford who I sensed grudgingly admires him.

One thing that was odd in this opening episode. Floella Benjamin seemed to have been dubbed for some reason.

It was nice opener but nothing outstanding or too action packed. I remember the first few seasons of Bergerac got a mixed reception by the critics. There are bits of Jersey you get to see and Bergerac is a maverick with a host of problems but he drives a vintage car. Not sure how he is going to chase villains in that. I'll ask Inspector Morse.

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English | French

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18 October 1981 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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