Handsome, blue-eyed and brooding, maverick cop Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac of JerseyGÇÖs Bureau des +âGÇ¦trangers is one of televisionGÇÖs most popular detectives. Moving with the power of BergeracGÇÖs vintage red Triumph Roadster sports car, each episode guarantees full-throttle excitement, ingenious plots and colourful characters as Bergerac patrols the harbour cafes, cliff-top mansions and secluded coves on the trail of the villains, murderers, spies and smugglers of the holiday island and tax haven. Series 5 finds Bergerac still with beautiful estate agent, Susan Young, his most serious relationship since his marriage. Though when attractive jewel thief, the 'Ice Maiden', Philippa Vale, turns up seeding Jim's help again, Susan finds she has a rival who would be very happy to take the detective off her hands. Combining action with atmosphere, and spectacle with suspense, BERGERAC launched John Nettles to international stardom for 9 series, leading him to another long-running role as D.C.I. Barnaby in Midsomer Murders. For the first time, all 8 uncut episodes from the fifth series arrive on DVD, plus the 1987 feature-length Christmas Special and an exclusive Audio Commentary with series stars John Nettles and Louise Jameson. 1. THE MEMORY MAN The Jersey police pick up a man found wandering naked around the island.GÇ£John SmytheGÇ¥ has lost his memory as well as his clothes, and his only image of the past is a lurid nightmare in which he dreams of committing a terrible crime. Belle Young, SusanGÇÖs aunt, is approached by Martin Jebourg, a smooth-talking lawyer who makes her an offer on behalf of two upper-class thugs. She turns to her niece for help and provides Bergerac with a clue to catch up with the amnesiac, who seems to have vanished into thin air. Guest stars Judy Cornwell, Jeremy Clyde and Richard Morant. 2. WINNER TAKES ALL Jarvis McLeod built a empire from computers, before marrying his partnerGÇÖs girlfriend, declaring bankruptcy and then retiring to Jersey with his personal fortune and his new wife, Monica. Now he is receiving threatening messages via his personal computer and suspects his former partner, John Logan. Bergerac thinks the whole thing is an elaborate hoax, until a murder changes everything and plunges him into a fiendishly complicated puzzle. Guest stars Michael Gambon and Connie Booth. 3. ROOT AND BRANCH JimGÇÖs former wife Deborah suddenly starts to get the feeling she is being watched. Not only that, but she has also started to receive some ominous messages. Charlie Hungerford is concerned that this daughter may be on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and asks Bergerac to help her. But Bergerac soon discovers there is nothing imaginary about her fears GÇô he and his family are under threat from Sydney Sterrat, a man from his past who is seeking revenge. Guest stars Christopher Fairbank and Barbara Atkinson. 4. DESIRABLE LITTLE RESIDENCE Why are there so many potential buyers for a small, dilapidated bungalow? Susan Young, who is handling its sale, asks Bergerac to find out why there is so much interest. Is it that jewels have been hidden in the foundations? Is Susan right to suspect Nick McVie of nefarious motives for wanting the property? The answer to the riddle puts her in grave danger. Guest stars Liz Crowther, George Shane and Richard Graham. 5. THE DEADLY VIRUS Bergerac and Crozier learn that a group of animal rights activists have arrived on Jersey to carry out a protest raid. Professor Gaines, a brilliant scientist using monkeys for his investigation into water-borne parasites, is among those warned of potential trouble. When the activists raid his laboratory, a ghastly accident results in the Bureau des +âGÇ¦trangers having to take drastic measures to prevent a catastrophe. Guest stars David Swift, Daniel Hill, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Peter Baldwin, Jennie Goossens, Rosemary Martin and Ian Thompson. 6. S.P.A.R.T.A. On the Costa del Sol, Philippa Vale (The Ice Maiden) receives an unwelcome visitor. Pynsent claims to be from Scotland Yard and is threatening to kill her unless she reveals the whereabouts of a book that is precious to him and his associates. Who better for a maiden in distress to turn to than a certain policeman in Jersey? Jim Bergerac, though scrupulously honest, can provide her with much-needed protection and help in tracking down her enemies.The trail leads to a wealthy industrialist, a sinister right-wing organisation and an impregnable fortress on the island of Chaussey. Guest stars Liza Goddard and David Calder. 7. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING Financier Peter Hughes has been missing for six weeks, but none of those closest to him seem to be worried. Mrs Hughes appears more concerned about access to his bank account, while his business partner,Webb, is convinced that Hughes will soon turn up, having secured a major financial deal.When Henri Dupont, BergeracGÇÖs colleague from the St Malo police in France, arrives in Jersey with his own missing person mystery, the result is financial ruin and tragedy. Guest stars Geoffrey Bateman, Rowena Cooper and Lee Montague. 8. POISON A masonic ceremony ends in disaster when the initiate drops dead. The cause of death is poison. Brought in to investigate, Bergerac uncovers a secret world of fraud masquerading as charity, and where the respectable front of Dr Anderson, an old family friend, hides the spectre of insanity, which puts pressure on JimGÇÖs relationship with Susan. Guest star Alfred Burke. 1987 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Bergerac once more finds himself embroiled with his most elusive GÇô and enticing GÇô adversary. Philippa Vale, jewel thief extraordinaire known as the Ice Maiden, has always proved an irresistible foil for Jim Bergerac. But this time it is a little more serious for both Philippa and Jim, as events lead to the theft of some valuable diamonds, a murder and a serious threat not only to Jim's career, but also to his relationship with his girlfriend, Susan Young. Philippa is challenged by an underworld acquaintance, Gregory Ormond, to carry out a series of apparently unrelated robberies on Jersey. They consist mainly of historical pieces which may at first seem to have little value to a hardened criminal. However, it soon becomes clear that there is much more at stake than a few artifacts. Somewhere on the island there is an extremely valuable collection of diamonds, recently stolen from the mainland and smuggled to Jersey for unknown reasons. Naturally, both Bergerac and Philippa are interested in finding them. But people in high places have other ideasGÇª Guest stars Greg Hicks, Peter Jeffrey, James Maxwell, David Horovitch, John Grillo and Stuart Saunders.
Bergerac - The Complete Fifth Series
John Nettles is back in another collection of all-action cases on the beautiful Channel Island