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Armchair Thriller: The Chelsea Murders (ITV 1981, Dave King, David Yip)

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In The Chelsea Murders a pair of detectives investigate the murder of an Artist’s model in the upmarket London area of Chelsea which leads them to discover links to two previous murders. It looks like a serial killer is on the loose, one who is using the paths trodden by long dead literary greats who were local to the area. Just what though are the links between a local reporter and a trio of film students trying to finish off their magnus opus.

A strange one this, still part of the Armchair Thriller canon, but only just, the last one in the series. It was made as a six parter but never transmitted during the AT run, it later aired in 1981 as a two hour feature. The highlight of The Chelsea Murders though the world weary performance of comic actor Dave King as Inspector Warton, the overall impression is rather surreal with the murderer wearing a face mask, similar to those being used by the film students on their movie, in fact some of the imagery is downright unpleasant. There is also some very archly camp acting from a couple of the cast that really grates.

The six episode version was released in the UK by Network on DVD in conjunction with the feature length version.

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UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 30 December 1981 @ 10.30pm

Armchair Thriller / 12th and final story

Writer: Jonathan Hales / Novel: Lionel Davidson / Choreographer: Alan Harding / Incidental Music: Anthony Isaac / Production Design: Allan Cameron / Executive Producer: Joan Rodker / Producer: Brenda Ennis / Director: Derek Bennett

cast
DAVE KING as Warton
ANTONY CARRICK as Summers
MICHAEL FEAST as Steve
GUY GREGORY as Artie
MIRANDA BELL as Mary
RICHARD HAMPTON as Chris
DEREK BROOME as PC Nutter
DAVID YIP as Denny
CHRIS GANNON as Logan
PENNY LEATHERBARROW as Mrs Honey
DARIEN ANGADI as Abo
DAVID GANT as Frank
CHRISTOPHER BRAMWELL as Mason
DOUGLAS SHELDON as Otto
FIONA MATHIESON as Brenda
LUCY GRIFFITHS as Mrs Bulstrode
ISHAQ BUX as Servant
MARYANN TURNER as Landlady
ROBIN PARKINSON as Ruddle
IAN LISTON as Policeman
HAROLD REESE as Mr Tyzack
TIMOTHY EARLE, SUSIE JENKINSON, PHILIP COMPTON, CAROLINE FUNNELL, VYVIAN HALL, ANDREW JOHNS, CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, VERNON NURSE, GEORGINA PROVAN

The Individual Episode Titles Were
1. Three Lillies in Her Hand
2. Dance Upon The Air
3. Sing Bah To You
4. Hoppity Hoppity… Hop
5. Every Time She Shouted Fire
6. Good Night Fair Maid

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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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