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Bring ’Em Back Alive (CBS 1982–1983, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan)

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Bring ‘Em Back Alive was clearly inspired by the hit movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. CBS saw a way to capitalize on the films’ hugh box-office success and brought this adventure to TV the following year.

Frank Buck was a legendary guide and Great White Hunter who lived in Malaya during the years prior to World War II. His base was the Raffles Hotel bar in Singapore that was run by his best friend Myles Delaney and Frank’s foes included warlords, bounty hunters, spies, smugglers, Nazis, and the menacing Japanese. Frank somehow took care of them all, however, G.B. VonTurgo, the top underworld warlord in Singapore, did manage to create recurring problems for him and his friends.

On good guys side were: Gloria Marlowe, the American vice consul in Singapore; the regal Sultan of Johore and Frank’s loyal assistant, Ali. Bhundi was an associate of VonTurgo who, though he was basically a criminal, would switch sides if the price was right.

There was a real Frank Buck, a famous animal trapper in the 1940’s. The book written about him provided the title for the series and was about his exploits.

production details
USA / CBS / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 September 1982 – 21 June 1983

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Bruce Boxleitner as Frank Buck
Cindy Morgan as Gloria Marlowe
Clyde Kusatsu as Ali
Ron O’Neal as H.H.
Roger Newman as Edward Ridley-Jones
Sean McClory as Myles
John Zee as G.B. Von Turgo
George Kee Cheung as Ching
Harvey Jason as Bhundi
John Petlock as The Governor

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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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