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Andy Griffith Show, The (CBS 1960-1968, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts)

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Sitcom The Andy Griffith Show told stories of Sheriff Andy Taylor in the small town of Mayberry in North Carolina. Taylor was a widower with a young son (Opie), the pair of them lived with Andy’s Aunt Bee.

Crime in Mayberry was of the distinctly petty variety and much of the comedy centred around Andy, his family life and working life especially with his somewhat stupid deputy Barney Fife.

Throughout the show’s run Andy had a couple of love interests, the first was druggist Ellie Walker and then later schoolteacher Helen Crump whom Andy ended up marrying in 1968, when Andy Griffith decided to call it quits with the show it was still pretty popular and the network decided to carry it on under the new name of Mayberry R.F.D, Andy helped with the change over by appearing in the first episode (it was in this episode that he married Helen and the pair then moved away from the town).

There were two spin offs from the series, the 1964 sitcom Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (which concerned the Gomer Pyle character played by Jim Nabors joining the marines, Pyle was the gas pump attendant in Mayberry) and also in 1965 The Don Knotts Show ( a variety series).

In re-runs the show is sometimes seen as Andy of Mayberry and in April 1986 the whole cast re-united for a TV movie called Return to Mayberry.

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USA / CBS / x30m-e / Broadcast Monday 3 October 1960 – Monday 16 September 1968

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ANDY GRIFFITH as Andy Taylor
RONNY HOWARD as Opie Taylor
DON KNOTTS as Barney Fife (-65)
ELINOR DONAHUE as Ellie Walker (1960-61)
FRANCES BAVIER as Aunt Bee Taylor
HOPE SUMMERS as Clara Edwards
JIM NABORS as Gomer Pyle (1963-64)
ANETA CORSALT as Helen Crump (1964-68)
GEORGE LINDSAY as Goober Pyle (1965-68)
HOWARD McNEAR as Floyd Lawson
HAL SMITH as Otis Campbell (1960-67)
PAUL HARTMAN as Emmett Clark (1967-68)
BETTY LYNN as Thelma Lou (1960-65)
PARLEY BAER as Mayor Stoner (1962-63)
KEN BERRY as Sam Jones (1968)

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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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