Bergerac reboot confirms cast as Brassic actor Damien Molony takes over John Nettles' iconic role

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8 Jul 2024, 12:10

Damian Molony and Zoe Wanamaker at a Bergerac table read

Credit: UKTV

The rebooted series of beloved UK crime drama Bergerac has found its lead actor to take on the role as the iconic detective. 

The classic series, set in Jersey, originally aired from 1981 to 1991, and starred John Nettles as Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac. 

The crime fighter drove a burgundy 1947 Triumph Roadster instead of an approved police vehicle, which was an example of his somewhat unorthodox character.



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The new six-part Bergerac series begins filming this month in the UK and Jersey, and taking over the titular role will be Brassic and Crashing star Damien Molony

Meanwhile, My Family actress Zoë Wanamaker will be playing the role of Jim’s mother-in-law Charlie Hungerford, which marks a change from the original series. 

Life on Mars star Philip Glenister will play Arthur Wakefield. The packed-out cast includes Green Wing’s Pippa Haywood as Margaret Heaton, Killing Eve’s Robert Gilbert as Barney Crozier, Unforgotten star Sasha Behar as Uma Dalal and Us or Them actress Celine Arden as Kara. 

Reflecting on stepping into Bergerac’s shoes, Damien said in a statement that he’s “incredibly excited” about his new role, adding: “John Nettles has left an incredible legacy with big shoes to fill, and I hope I can bring a fresh new take on this iconic character. I can't wait for audiences to join me on this journey."

The official synopsis revealed how “the modern re-imagining will honour the iconic detective drama” will unfold with “a contemporary twist.

It continued: “Unlike the original hit from the 80s, the new series will see one character-led murder mystery run across all six episodes, in place of a new storyline each episode.

“Viewers will meet Jim Bergerac (Molony) as a broken man, grappling with grief and alcoholism following his wife’s recent death. His mother-in-law, Charlie (Wanamaker), is concerned Jim isn’t putting his daughter Kim first and, when a woman from a wealthy Jersey family is murdered, Jim must fight through his personal struggles to become the formidable investigator he once was.

“With a troublesome convict resurfacing from his past, Bergerac is required to call on his sharp investigative instincts and past successes to navigate the intricate family dynamics, and watchful eyes of the police force, in order to solve the case.”

The original series began with the lead character returning to work after a battle with alcoholism and a badly-broken leg. It ended with a Christmas Special, in which it seemed that Bergerac would take up a new position heading an expanded Bureau des Étrangers ("The Foreigners' Office", a fictional department dealing with non-Jersey residents).

Bergerac will air on free to air channel U&DRAMA and free streaming service, U, in 2025.