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Campion (BBC-1 1989-1990 with Peter Davison and Brian Glover)

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Albert Campion, born May 20th 1900, name known to be a pseudonym, education priveliged, embarked on adventurous career 1929 justice neatly executed, nothing sordid deserving cases preferred, police no object, business address 17 Bottle Street, Piccadilly, London W1, specialist in fairy stories

Charming period detective drama series Campion takes us back to the 1930’s where private detective for hire Albert Campion tackles all manner of fiendish villains and murderers. Campion is helped by tough, one time petty thief, middle aged manservant Magersfontein Lugg who is more than helpful for Campion when it comes to mixing with some of the less salubrious members of society. Campion also has a prime contact with the police too in the shape of Chief Inspector Stanislaus Oates.

Wealthy and erudite Campion gets around in a gorgeous Lagonda, he is a man of many surprises too, it is revealed in the first story Look To The Lady that he likes to spend time living with a group of gypsys where he is known as Orlando.

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The gorgeous Lysette Anthony alongside Peter Davison as Campion in the story Look To The Lady.

A high quality series, similar in tone to the BBC’s own beautiful adaptations of the Miss Marple novels by Agatha Christie. Each of the stories spanned two episodes and there were eight altogether (four to each season), production values were of a very high standard and with all star casts (that included the likes of Gordon Jackson, Lysette Anthony, Timothy West, John Fortune, Michael Gough, Isabel Dean and the brilliant Iain Cuthbertson to name just a few) Campion is very much a show to be savored.

Margery Allingham, on whose novels the series is based, was one of the big three crime writers from the golden age of detective fiction alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Campion appeared in 26 of her novels.

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UK / BBC One – Consolidated Productions / 16×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 January 1989 – 16 March 1990

Developed for TV by John Hawkesworth / Novels: Margery Allingham / Script Editor: Devora Pope / Music: Nigel Hess / Producer: Ken Riddington

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PETER DAVISON as Albert Campion
BRIAN GLOVER as Magersfontain Lugg
ANDREW BURT as Chief Inspector Stanislaus Oates

THE EPISODES (all two part stories)
SEASON ONE 22 January – 12 March 1989
LOOK TO THE LADY
POLICE AT THE FUNERAL
THE CASE OF THE LATE PIG
DEATH OF A GHOST

SEASON TWO 19 January – 16 March 1990
SWEET DANGER
DANCERS IN MOURNING
FLOWERS FOR THE JUDGE
MYSTERY MILE

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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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