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Armchair Thriller: Fear Of God (ITV 1980, Bryan Marshall)

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In the Armchair Thriller serial Fear of God a teenage girl falls to her death from the roof of a condemned block of flats where the only apartment still occupied belongs to journalist Paul Marriott. Wondering why Special Branch are so interested in the case Marriott begins digging and discovers the girl was linked to a religious organisation known as The Regiment of God. With the help of the dead girl’s sister Marriott learns that the cult have a “sonic weapon” with which they plan to brainwash large sections of society.

Fear of God starts off as a straightforwardish thriller but by episode three has entered into the realms of science fiction with the religious cult attempting something of a planned world take over, it’s all fairly unbelievable but Bryan Marshall is excellent as always in the lead. Watch out too for an early role for Alun Armstrong as well as a cameo from cult tv specialist Michael Sheard.

Fear of God

Bryan Marshall.

production details
UK / ITV Network – Thames / 4×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 February – 6 March 1980

Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin / Novel: Derry Quinn / Production Design: Martyn Hebert / Producer: Brenda Ennis / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Armchair Thriller / Story 9

cast
BRYAN MARSHALL as Paul Marriot
MADELINE CHURCH as Nicola Clay
PETER CELLIER as Maitland
PETER SETTELEN as John Aubrey
MICHAEL SHEARD as Colonel Morgan
HELEN COOPER as Erica
ALUN ARMSTRONG as Trahearne
MICHAEL WATKINS as Cyril
MADELINE HINDE as Francesca Thornton
LAURENCE HARRINGTON as Sub Editor
LYNN CLAYTON as Helen
LIONEL SANDSBY as Ambulance Man
SUSAN SHERIDAN as Rosamund’s Voice
GARRICK HAGON as Walters
KEVIN COSTELLO as Sandy
ROGER BRIERLEY as Vic
CHRIS JENKINSON as Larke
DAVID GRAHAM as Vicar
DAVID HEALY as Anvil
STEVE KELLY as Electonic Man
DAVE COOPER as P.T. Instructor
ROBERT AUSTIN as Stapleton
ANNE GODLEY as Lady Diana

 

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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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