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Callan: Wet Job (ITV 1981, Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter)

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Wet Job was a one-off and surprising TV Movie return for classic spy drama Callan, which had last been seen on TV in 1972.

Callan has retired from the Department, runs his own military memorabilia shop called ‘The Old Brigade’ and is living with a woman called Margaret. Lonely has also moved on. He has a successful plumbing business and is engaged to be married.

But you are never retired when you work for The Department, and when Callan hears from the new Hunter that his services are required he discovers that a man named Hagggerty is writing a tell-all book which names Callan as a professional killer. Hunter tells Callan that it is a non-Departmental matter, and that it is between Callan and Haggarty. Callan enlists Lonely’s aid, gets his magnum pistol out of storage at the bank and prepares to kill once again.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast 2 September 1981

Writer: James Mitchell / Music: Cyril Ornadel / Production Design: David Chandler / Producer and Director: Shaun O’Riordan.

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Edward Woodward as David Callan
Russell Hunter as Lonely
Hugh Walters as Hunter
Felicity Harrison as Liz
Angela Browne as Margaret Channing
George Sewell as Haggerty
Helen Bourne as Lucy Smith
Anthony Smee as Thorne
Milos Kirek as Dobrovsky
Donald Hoath as Radlett
Philip Bird as Jebb
David Cann as Cawthorne
Gordon Kane as Pardoe
Josie Kidd as Mrs Radlett
Jeremy Gittins as Robin Miller
Mark Draper as Young Man
Philip Manikum as Tim

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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)

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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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