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Jim Bergerac is a recovering alcoholic, divorcee and father of a young daughter. He is a detective sergeant with the Bureau des Étrangers, a department for non-residents in Jersey, Channel Islands. Jim likes doing things his own way, a true maverick, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations in the traditional manner, the way his boss, Barney Crozier, would have preferred. But Jim's winsome grin and chirpy optimism always win through, and in a way he still manages to remain on fairly good terms with Crozier despite their differences. Jim gets his fair share of women during the series, but more than anything else he is married to his job, which becomes increasingly difficult for some of them. In the later series Bergerac leaves the police to become a private investigator.

    John Nettles on quitting Midsomer

  • John Nettles

    John Nettles

    Jim Bergerac

    Terence Alexander

    Terence Alexander

    Charles Hungerford

    Sean Arnold

    Sean Arnold

    Insp./Chief Insp./Supt. Barney Crozier [ 1981 - 1990 ]

    Deborah Grant

    Deborah Grant

    Deborah Bergerac

    Louise Jameson

    Louise Jameson

    Susan Young [ 1985 - 1990 ]

    Annette Badland

    Annette Badland

    Charlotte [ 1981 - 1984 ]

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    • One of the best UK detective shows of the 1980's.

      Bergerac is one of my all time favourite TV series. It had a lot of things going for it - a talented cast, interesting stories, the island of Jersey (and I think occasionly they filmed in the UK and abroad, until the later series when they filmed more in France along with Jersey), the instumental score and the characters.

      The episodes of Bergerac I remember the best were the ones during the Susan years when Louise Jameson played Jim's estate agent girlfriend Susan.

      Around the mid-1980's they the makers of Bergerac started doing an annual Christmas special which aired a week or two before the start of the new regular series. These I remember became more violent as the series went on.

      In the last couple of years the focus of the show seemed to move more towards France. I don't recall seeing all of the final few episodes of the series, but it was still a good show. It was better than some of the rubbish shown on UK TV today.

      A classic TV series. Wish they could make a one-off reunion special with Jim, Barney, Diamante Lil and of course Charlie.moreless
    • Basically it is about a recovering alcoholic, Jim Bergerac who combats crime in Jersey as part of the Bureau des Etrangers with help from 'family' and friends in his 1947 Triumph Roadster.moreless

      To be honest I could classify this show aa lots of things: it's my guilty pleasure, no-one knows I watch it, it's absolutely fabulous and I need my daily fix of it. (ask my mum, I reckon she regrets every introducing me to the show while flicking through the TV channels for something to watch: '...Bergerac can sometimes be good...' and the obsession had set in.

      I absolutely love this show it is funny and intriuging and I love following the sub-plots which add continuity to the series and show. The best returning character had to be Philippa Vale (played by Liza Goddard) and I thought the ending to Old Acquaintance was just a brilliant (but sad ending) not only to Jim and Susan's relationship but also to Jim and Philippa's relationship. Every series is good and I also enjoyed series 9 despite it's bad reviews although I have to admit it was not as good as previous series due to the lack of continuous characters and places such as the Bureau. I only started watching this back in January and I instantly became addicted. I had stopped watching detective shows in about 2004 after watching as episode of Midsomer Murders (also starring John Nettles) and when I found Bergerac I was only just beginning to watch them again but Bergerac was far more lighthearted in the crimes as there was less blood so it ended up relighting my passion for crime and detective dramas so that I will now watch Midsomer Murders, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Dalziel and Pascoe, New Tricks etc which a year ago I wouldn't have watched. I am now eagerly collecting Bergerac on DVD and can't wait until the 3rd of September when series 5 comes out and I have now nearly seen every episode thanks to UKTV Drama.

      This show is BRILLIANT!!!!moreless
    • Interesting storyline and beautiful scenery adds up to a long running and unique series.

      This series bought the beauty of a very tiny island, and the island's unique place in a very special community into our living rooms; whilst retaining a sense of reality hinging around the everyday lives and activities of the Bureau des Etrangers.

      The storyline was based around one police officer, Jim Bergerac, his life and loves and the complicated relationship he had with various other people including his terminally nosey ex father in law, Charlie Hungerford.

      Charlie's selfmade wealthy business man with time on his hands frequently caused problems for Jim, especially with his desire to keep his fingers in every available pie. And it was the dynamic between Charlie and Jim which kept a certain edge on the series.

      The scenery played a fairly large part in the series, particularly the first series and the small farmhouse which Jim shared with his French girlfriend, Frankie. The valley in which the farmhouse stood was flooded to form a reservoir, which brought a greater sense of involvement in the series.

      True the series now seems dated, but it still has a certain charm and is well worth a look.moreless
    • A towering achievement. Beautiful and moving.

      There are points in a young man's life at which it seems all the forces of the cosmos vibrate in perfect harmony to produce an overwhelming flow of rightness; a guiding hand, if you will, supremely powerful in volition and perfect in its completeness. The front cover of the Radio Times of October 23rd, 1983, provided such a moment. It would take a modern Ruskin to paint in words the majesty of the image; a man, no longer in the first flush of youth, perhaps, but with a gaze of craggy, Homeric intensity, his pose startlingly virile in execution - caught mid-abseil, he's coiled, expectant, a hair-trigger set to release the strength of a thousand suns.

      Over the subsequent weeks and years we grew to love this man add with love came understanding, an understanding of the human spirit, of Jersey, of irascible father-in-laws and of Triumph motor cars. Each episode was an essay in the vicissitudes of existence worthy of Montaigne, brought blinking to life by the language of Mr Dennis Spooner, the bard of Nether Wallop, unmatched in the English tradition. It's impossible, of course, to pick a firm favourite but I think perhaps the one where Bergerac had to drink orange juice with a man with a beard and the man with the beard had poisoned one of the glasses but Bergerac didn't know which one, was probably the best.