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Armchair Thriller: Dead Man’s Kit (ITV 1980, Larry Lamb, Cherie Lunghi)

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In Armchair Thriller serial Dead Man’s Kit chief petty officer Chalky White is investigating the strange death of the master at arms aboard his ship HMS Diana. Convinced that Lt Cmdr Kabal, an exchange officer currently working on the Diana is to blame White digs further only to find himself targeted by Naval Intelligence who have their own reasons for keeping an eye on Kabal. Things begin to turn really difficult for White when another body turns up.

Dead Man’s Kit was one of two stories made by Southern Television rather than Thames and often not included in Armchair Thriller write ups but definitely part of the canon.

Nothing psychological about the story which is very much a straightforward thriller but entertaining and with some good names amongst the cast. It seems before Maurice Colbourne was the nice guy in Howard’s Way he specialised somewhat in playing criminal types.

Ships used in the filming were H.M.S’s Russell, Diamond, Apollo and June.

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UK / ITV Network – Southern / 4×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 29 January – 7 February 1980

Writer: Tom McClenaghan / Costumes: Serena Brown / Music: Andy Roberts / Production Design: John Dilly / Producer: Andrew Brown / Director: Colin Bucksey

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LARRY LAMB as Chief Petty Officer Chalky White
CHERIE LUNGHI as Stephanie
PHILIP LOCKE as Commander Lloyd
MAURICE COLBOURNE as Lieutenant Commander Kobahl
CLIVE MERRISON as Commander Maybury
ROBERT OATES as Dave
PAUL KEMBER as Peters
FREDDIE FLECHER as M.A.A. Toberman
NELL CAMPBELL as Zoe Summers
MICK FORD as “Drunken” Duncan
JAMIE FOREMAN as Operator 1
JULIAN LITTMAN as Mouth Organist
DAVID TOGURI as Chinese Laundry Man
VICTORIA FAIRBROTHER as Jean Toberman
RICHARD KANE as Winterman
WILLIAM RUSSELL as Senior Officer
ANGELA MORANT as Mrs Kobahl
TIMOTHY BLOCK as Operator
BARRY WOOLGAR as Dockyard Policeman
DAVID ELLISON as Naval Patrolman
JULIA McCARTHY as Housekeeper
TIM BLOCK as Operator 2
O.T. as Russian Officer
DAVID ELLISON as Russian Patrolman

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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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