Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (4)

  • Jim's last line in the episode spoken to Barney commenting on the death of Bart Bellow. "Hell of a way to go though wasn't it"?

  • At the end of this episode Jim rescues Susan (an estate agent) who had been buried alive and remarks "I know that estate agents are unpopular but this is ridiculous"

  • After knocking out her assailant with a hotel bible, Philippa remarks "Remind me to send a note to the management about their hotel bibles, they certainly do wonders against the forces of ungodliness"

  • Dr. Anderson: Honesty can be a rouse, Jim.  There is no greater cover for a dishonest man than honesty.

Notes (32)

  • 90 minutes

  • The title of the episode is taken from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson entitled ‘Autumn Fires'. The full text of the poem is:- In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, The gray smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!

  • First episode of Bergerac where Jim is no longer a Policeman, and filmed almost entirely on location in the South of France.

  • Last ever episode of Bergerac, ending was left open with a mind to making some more.

  • Music:

    Girls on Film - Duran Duran (1981)
    Lola - The Kinks (1970)
    Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) - Spandau Ballet (1981)

  • Music:

    A Little in Love - Cliff Richard (1981).

  • This episode features an early appearance from Anthony (Stewart) Head of Buffy fame.

  • Music:

    Wired for Sound - Cliff Richard (1981)
    ? - The Carpenters.

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Trivia (5)

  • Richard Griffiths is an excellent actor who, after appearing in Bergerac went on to many stellar performances in other movies and TV series. He was cruely miscast as someone (for obvious reasons) capable of scaling cliffs. He could have been cast otherwise in so many other roles.

  • Two new images are added to the end credits sequence - one of a nighttime scene with palm trees, and the other is of Jim walking through a garden with a rockery.

  • Outdoor café scene at harbour when Louis drops his change. In the background (sitting on wall) are the 2 skinheads. The skinheads don't arrive in Jersey until a couple of scenes later when they are seen walking up the ramp from the car ferry

  • The 2 Punks and 2 skinheads who come off the car ferry can be seen standing at the bottom of the ramp before the ferry's bow door drops When the door hits the ramp one of the skinheads (Simon Reeves) jumps with fright / surprise

  • Avenge O Lord has its title from a poem by John Milton (1608-1674), which is also referred to in the episode. The poem was written as a commemoration of the massacre of the Waldensians by the Romish church in Piedmont, Italy.

    Avenge O Lord thy slaughter'd Saints, whose bones Lie scatter'd on the Alpine mountains cold, Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old When all our Fathers worship't Stocks and Stones, Forget not: in thy book record their groanes Who were thy Sheep and in their antient Fold Slayn by the bloody Piemontese that roll'd Mother with Infant down the Rocks. Their moans The Vales redoubl'd to the Hills, and they To Heav'n. Their martyr'd blood and ashes sow O'er all th'Italian fields where still doth sway The triple Tyrant: that from these may grow A hunder'd-fold, who having learnt thy way Early may fly the Babylonian wo.

Allusions (1)

  • The Undertaker: "Oh very Lt. Columbo"
    A reference to the dishevelled American detective played by Peter Falk.