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Adventurer, The (ITV 1972, Gene Barry, Barry Morse)

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In the action adventure series The Adventurer, Gene Bradley is a C.I.A. agent who uses his position as a well known actor to go undercover on his cases. Like The Saint before him, Bradley wasn’t averse to helping out damsels in distress and liased with Mr Parminter (posing as his manager) who was in charge of handing out assignments. Fellow agents included Gavin Jones and Diane Marsh.

Gene Barry was a major star during the 1960’s playing in both Burke’s Law and The Name of the Game but the general consensus was that he was getting a little long in the tooth to play the action hero here. As usual there is the usual amount of back projection on the studio lot to try and persuade we were really in exotic locales but some genuine location shooting took place in France.

Despite some high profile writers (including the likes of Donald James, Tony Williamson and Dennis Spooner) and guest stars like Judy Geeson, Patrick Mower, Anthony Ainley, Roy Kinnear, George Sewell, Sydney Tafler, Pamela Salem and Freddie Jones, the series came and went without too many people noticing. The half hour format no doubt didn’t help.

Scoton was the production company set up by writer Dennis Spooner and producer Monty Berman.

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UK / ITV Network-ATV-ITC-Scoton / 26×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 September 1972 – 30 March 1973

Creator/Producer:Monty Berman / Theme Music:John Barry

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GENE BARRY as Gene Bradley
BARRY MORSE as Mr Parminter
CATHERINE SCHELL as Diane Marsh
GARRICK HAGON as Gavin Jones
STUART DAMON as Vince

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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)

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In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.

Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29

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Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man

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Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966

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Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)

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Plane Makers Patrick Wymark

Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.

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Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett

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Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)

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Country: UK
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white

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Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)

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Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.

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Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989

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