A bit of a big change at the start of the 8th Series of Bergerac. Jim Bergerac's on and off girlfriend Susan is found dead on the beach. There were 10 episodes in the series and they aired at the start of 1990. A Christmas Special aired that December. The rest of the episodes have Jim investigating a man masquerading as Bergerac, a murder at an archaeology site, two more bogus policemen, the death of a French private eye in Charlie's house, a South African resident, missing nerve gas, a dead pop idol, his kidnapped ex-wife, and the assassination attempt on a political economist on Jersey for a conference. Always a full day for Jim Bergerac. Over the series Jim develops a new relationship with the daughter of a wine grower in France. In the Christmas Special, which are usually a half hour longer,Bergerac is finally off the force and living in France. An young English man, there to pick grapes. is also a computer hacker. He figures out how to steal money from deposits going into the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Now some bad men are going to use his idea or kill him. Maybe both. Jim has to help him out. Kind of rocky start to the series, what with Susan's death, but it was about as entertaining as the previous series were. Only the one series to go.