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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie 

Charlie's attempt to enter local politics is blighted when Donald Early, an old flame of hotelier Diamante Lil who Charlie crossed some years previously, threatens to expose a secret from ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Rolfe

Writers:

Dennis Spooner (by), Robert Banks Stewart (series created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Nettles ... Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander ... Hungerford
Celia Imrie ... Marianne
William Hootkins ... Eugene Field
Deborah Grant ... Deborah
Sean Arnold ... Crozier
Annette Badland ... Charlotte
Mela White Mela White ... Diamante Lil
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Donald Early
Gareth Thomas ... Towers
Peter Blake Peter Blake ... Fontaine
Victor Lucas ... Protheroe
Raymond Adamson ... Senator
Peter Pacey ... Mulder
Roger Leach Roger Leach ... Tyler
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Charlie's attempt to enter local politics is blighted when Donald Early, an old flame of hotelier Diamante Lil who Charlie crossed some years previously, threatens to expose a secret from his past. Charlie is in the frame when Early is murdered, though the killer is part of the entourage of shady American businessman Eugene Field, who is on Jersey to do dubious business. Marianne Bellshade, the businesswoman leasing Field his villa, is in danger when she helps Bergerac but ends up as the sergeant's girlfriend. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1983 (UK) See more »

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| (BBFC entry for UK DVD)

Color:

Color
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The title comes from a much-covered 1925 song by Billy Rose, Ballard MacDonald and Joseph Meyer. See more »

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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
11 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Wlliam Hootkins is a dodgy American businessman Eugene Field. He is gathering top men in Jersey to organise a coup of sorts abroad.

One of his associates Towers (Roj Blake) is looking to charter an old wreck from Charlie Hungerford. Donald Early a journalist returning to Jersey recognises Towers from the Sealink ferry as it is about to dock.

Early causes problems for Charlie just as he has kicked off an election campaign.

When Early ends up dead. Charlie is a suspect and Bergerac gets a lead. Apparently Bergerac finds out that Jersey Immigration takes photographs of all new arrivals stepping off a plane in Jersey. A fact that has passed him by in all these years. A new arrival is a bad tempered Dutchman with a long knife.

This really could had been a good episode but it all ends up as a damp squib. Poor actress Ling Tai. She shot most of her scenes in a bikini when it is clear it was freezing.


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