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Alternative 3 (ITV 1977, Tim Brinton, Shane Rimmer)

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Very well remembered, Alternative 3 was a faux documentary that had a shocking secret to reveal – American and Russian scientists were busy founding a colony on the dark side of the moon because the Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming had made Earth unviable.

The title came from the fact that the scientists had come up with three alternative scenarios – to lower the population, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to simply run away. The scientists chose the latter. Based on the format of a special news doco by Anglia’s Science Report team, the production revealed that over 400 scientists were already living on the moon, with insiders, most notably former astronaut Bob Grodin, revealing all.

Supremely well done the production made heavy use of home movie footage, hidden cameras, stories of missing scientists and scored extra points for having newsreader Tom Brinton front it all. Surprisingly lots and lots of people took the production at face value and believed it, swamping the Anglia switchboards with complaints. If they’d only stayed to watch the end credits they might have realised it was a hoax with the cast list.

In the mid 2000’s Ken Mitchell published a novel called Alternative 3 which although only touched on issues raised in the film was clearly heavily influenced by it.

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UK / ITV Network – Anglia / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 20 June 1977

Devised by David Ambrose and Christopher Miles / Writer: David Ambrose / Music: Brian Eno / Production Design: Terry Ackland-Snow / Scientific Advisor: Arthur Garrett / Executive Producer: John Woolf / Producer: John Rosenberg / Director: Christopher Miles

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TIM BRINTON as Himself
GREGORY MUNROE as Colin Benson
CAROL HAZELL as Katherine White
SHANE RIMMER as Bob Grodin
RICHARD MARNER as Dr Carl Gerstein
DAVID BAXT as Harry
ALEC LINSTEAD as Professor Broadbent
NORMAN CHANCER as Charles Welbourne
ANTHONY ROYE as Robert Handry
PATSY TRENCH as Dr Ann Clarke
PHOEBE NICHOLLS as Harry’s Girlfriend
IVOR ROBERTS as George Pendlebury
LINDA CUNNINGHAM as Annie
NANCY ADAMS as Doreen Patterson
JONATHAN HIEATT-SMITH as Young Man in Laboratory
ALICE WADE as Mrs Pendlebury

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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

crew details
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

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

production details
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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