1 9 8 1 – 1 9 9 1 (UK)
87 x 50 minute episodes
Considering the island of Jersey is only four miles across there was plenty of crime to keep old Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac busy. . .
John Nettles played the title role as a divorced, recovering alcoholic, gammy-legged (he had been injured in-the-line-of-duty) policeman, who helped maintain law and order working for the Bureau des Etrangers (which dealt with crimes involving non-island folk) on the millionaire’s playground.
Viewers warmed slowly to Bergerac as he buzzed around the coastal roads in his 1947 Triumph sports car, supported by veteran character actor Terence Alexander, as his former father-in-law Charlie Hungerford (a gruff but amiable, self-made Yorkshire millionaire constantly on the fringe of dodgy deals) and former Howard’s Way star Deborah Grant as his ex-wife, Deborah.
Bergerac was never far from the temptation of the bottle, especially when there was trouble in his personal life, as the girls came and went.
First, there was tourist officer Francine Leland, and then lawyer Marianne Bellshade, before estate agent Susan Young provided some stability for a while. Their relationship ended with her murder.
There was even more spark in his occasional encounters with beautiful jewel thief Philippa Vale (Liza Goddard).
It was Bergerac’s obsession with a woman which eventually brought the series to an end. Jim’s relationship with French girl Danielle Aubry (Therese Liotard) resulted in him retiring from the police force and moving to Provence to become a Private Investigator.
Bergerac gave the island’s tourist trade an enormous lift. John Nettles also made Jersey his home in real life.
DS Jim Bergerac
Chief Insp. Barney Crozier
DC Terry Wilson
DC Barry Goddard