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Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.
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Series cast summary:
John Nettles ...  Jim Bergerac 87 episodes, 1981-1991
Terence Alexander ...  Hungerford 85 episodes, 1981-1991
Sean Arnold ...  Crozier 72 episodes, 1981-1990
Mela White Mela White ...  Diamante Lil 40 episodes, 1981-1987
Louise Jameson ...  Susan Young / ... 35 episodes, 1985-1990
David Kershaw David Kershaw ...  Ben Lomas 35 episodes, 1988-1991


Bergerac is set on Jersey island and produced by BBC 1 in association with the Seven Network, first screened on BBC 1, it stars John Nettles as the title character Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac, an alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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According to former Doctor Who (1963) script editor Andrew Cartmel on the documentary Endgame (2007), John Nathan-Turner was offered the chance to become the producer of Bergerac after several years on Doctor Who (1963) and declined, which Cartmel said he later regretted. George Gallaccio became producer instead. It is possible, however, that Nathan-Turner made this up, as it is widely known that senior BBC executives such as Michael Grade and Jonathan Powell had a very low opinion of him. See more »


Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac: [Drunk] Let me tell you my good man. The whole world is a sandwich.
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great TV
4 February 2006 | by richbaillieSee all my reviews

I really love watching old episodes of this and think it's a shame that UKTV are not showing every episode. I think the first series was great and although the show lost its way a bit for the next few series, it did pick up again in the late 1980s with a few standout shows. I agree with a previous reader that the episode with the mercenary is good, as is the flashback one to WW2, and the one where he goes to London and has a great scene in St paul's cathedral with that Scottish actor who used to be in everything. Also good are the later episodes in France. Strange to see Bergerac's girlfriend from series 1 turning up nearly 20 years later with Sean Bean in Sharpe! Also the production values in the later series were so much higher. All in all great nostalgia and interesting social history of the 1980s, Jim always wakes up with Terry Wogan's breakfast show for example, possibly the only detective to do this. But the fact remains that John Nettles as Jim Bergerac was and is a surprising success story. I like it and so do millions of others but i feel that no one has really ever explained quite why.

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18 October 1981 (UK) See more »

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(81 episodes) | (6 Christmas Specials)

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