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RYLAND PETERS AND SMALL RECIPE ORGANISER
Now you can organize your precious recipe collection and locate what you are
looking for in a flash. "The Recipe Organizer" will assist you with filing and
storing your precious collected recipes plus allow you to keep all of your
food-related notes and contacts in one safe and convenient place. As well as
providing ample space for writing, it also includes six handy pockets for
storing tearsheets plus features an elastic pen holder. This is the perfect gift
for enthusiastic amateur chefs or busy family cooks at a great price.
BOOKS MONTHLY SAYS: With so many great cook books reviewed this month, it's easy to forget that we often find recipes in newspapers and magazines, or jot them down from the many TV programmes, and then forget what we've done with them! Ryland Peters and Small have come up with the perfect, most beautiful and stylish answer, a recipe organiser that will look great in your kitchen, on the shelf where you keep your cookery books, or even tucked away in a cupboard - my preference would be for the former, and it will have pride of place, because quite often the recipes that are handed down through the generations, the ones written on a sheet of foolscap paper or the back of an envelope, or a postcard, are the ones you refer to most, the ones you need to be able to find at any time. This is the perfect book for just that - a real winner from RPS.
The ‘Bergerac’ police adventure
series: The Channel Islands on television and in books.
watch the re-runs of the 'Bergerac' television series on the Yesterday channel? I can well remember
the great novelty impact of this police adventure series when it was first
televised by the BBC in 1981. Its popular and unique selling factor was its
setting on the island of Jersey.
For those who had never travelled there, "So near and yet so far"
might have summarised many viewers' perception of Jersey, at that time. Most
people knew of the repute of the Channel Islands as very pretty places to visit
and see; the islands held too an air of quaint mystery for being apparently not
quite English but not quite French either.
And now on BBC television at peak viewing time this glamorous, colourful and
fast-paced police adventure series would with a big bang bring the island of
Jersey openly and informatively into the public consciousness. 'Bergerac' -
starring the actor John Nettles as Detective Sergeant Bergerac of the Bureau d'Étrangers - was an instant
success and a big talking-point. And notwithstanding the good quality scripting
of the one-hour action and the plots, and the engaging variety of the homespun
characters who populated the stories, it was undoubtedly the stunning visual backdrop
of Jersey's coastline and harbour and its verdant interior countryside and
narrow lanes that sold 'Bergerac' to the television-viewing public.
Courageous in his pursuit of criminals, and sometimes defiantly irreverent of
police official protocol, Jim Bergerac connected well with the viewing public
who were allowed intermittently to see the ups and downs of his private life,
too. An ex-alcoholic, separated from his first wife, Jim would have a
tempestuous on-and-off relationship with the gorgeous Susan Young (played by
Louise Jameson). It didn't help when the flirtatious and dangerously immoral
Philippa Vale (Lisa Goddard) popped up now and then as a love-rival: male
viewers probably thought that we didn't see enough of the lovely "Ice
Maiden" whose wily schemes gave plenty of trouble to the helplessly
lovestruck Jim Bergerac.
Charlie Hungerford (Terence Alexander) was the obligatory "Mr Fix-it"
who had abundant business, property and political connections on the island. As
the father of Jim's ex-wife his faintly shady dealings were something of an
embarrassment to his law-enforcing son-in-law: one might imagine too that
bearing in mind the sensitivity about "tax havens" etc, some of the
real-life business practitioners in the Channel Islands were not amused that
the 'Bergerac' series featured such an obvious stereotype of a dodgy
millionaire who had stashed his cash in Jersey. Certain episodes of 'Bergerac'
did indeed touch into themes of corporate financial skulduggery (for example,
insider-trading) although the affable Charlie was never imputed to have
perpetrated anything as serious as that. Importantly, too, the underlying
concept of the series was that all the crimes were committed by non-citizens of
the Channel Islands: hence the Bureau d'Étrangers
("Foreigners") – it doesn’t exist in real life, but it was invented
as a series vehicle for bringing justice to all the visiting smugglers,
swindlers, thieves and other undesirable characters wreaking vengeance or
violence who had set foot on the island.
The great success of 'Bergerac' confronted its producers with an unexpected
difficulty. Did they ever expect that it would run for nine series, spread over
ten years? The big asset of Jersey's beautiful scenery as a backdrop gradually
became something of an encumbrance because the smallness of the island confined
the number of locations where action could be filmed. To avoid too much
repetition and staleness, excuses were found in the later episodes to set at
least some of the action in England or France.
Were any 'Bergerac' books ever written and published? This seems to have been a
missing ingredient of the television series. Perhaps there is a gap in the
market still, for an enterprising author and publisher to fill? For even though
the last episode of 'Bergerac' was transmitted as long ago as 1991, the repeats
are still popular and the Channel Islands surely have an enduring romance and
appeal about them? Moreover, in my opinion, the 'Bergerac' stories and
characters have dated well: most of the stories strike me as being gritty
enough to stand up to modern-day scrutiny.
pause to think of other authors who have successfully portrayed the Channel
Islands in literary fiction? In the very recent past the American author Mary
Ann Shaffer scored a big hit with her book ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato
Peel Pie Society’. Alas though, she died in 2008 the same year of publication. Her
book is potentially to be filmed and the subject matter of World War Two and
the German occupation of the Channel Islands is one that found its way into
some of the 'Bergerac' episodes.
The most famous author to live in the Channel Islands was Victor Hugo, a native
of France. His novel 'The Toilers of the Sea' (1866) is considered to be the
one that contains the most local detail, with scenes set in Guernsey.
The Jersey-born author Hereward Carrington is not a household name, but I
wonder if his ghost somehow found its way into the styling of some of the
'Bergerac' stories? I use the word "ghost" advisedly, for Carrington
(1880 - 1979) was greatly interested in psychic phenomena. Now it so happens
that the writing of the nearly one hundred individual episodes of ‘Bergerac’
was farmed out to different writers. This resulted in what television critics
have noted as being a curiously uneven style and tone: one day if you switched
on to watch a ‘Bergerac’ episode you might get something that was startlingly
dark and in Carringtonesque mode (featuring the occult and the supernatural);
alternatively you might encounter something quite searing and modern-day in its
violence (drug-running or people-trafficking); suddenly you might be watching
light comedy (especially when Philippa Vale was involved) or you might find
something social and philosophical (such as a rich, spoilt wife going
stir-crazy with boredom on the tiny nine miles by five miles island).
thing that you certainly would always find was the catchy theme tune at the
start at end of a ‘Bergerac’ episode. Composed by George Fenton, it was a
catchy Anglo-French masterpiece. It is a tune that I find hard to get out of my
head! – Blast! there I am, humming it again …!
Bergerac (John Nettles)
Young (Louise Jameson)
Hungerford (Terence Alexander)
Bergerac and Philippa Vale (Lisa Goddard)