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Captain Nice (NBC 1967, William Daniels, Alice Ghostley)

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Created by Buck Henry, who helped spawn Get Smart and Saturday Night Live, Captain Nice was an attempt to follow the campy superheroic lead of TV’s Batman. This show starred William Daniels as Carter Nash, a mild-mannered police chemist who lived in Big Town, USA.

But Nash was no ordinary police chemist (not that most of us would know what an ordinary police chemist was like anyway). This shrinking violet had developed a serum he called Super Juice, a glowing liquid that would transform the unassuming scientist into a superpowered man for exactly one hour per day.

It was actually Nash’s mother who forced her son into using his talents for crime fighting. She even sewed him a flamboyant costume so he could strut around Big Town like the proud superhero he was. But sorry, Mrs. Nash, Captain Nice was too shy to strut. In fact, his politeness often got him into trouble, since most villains found him a pushover. But eventually, the Captain’s kind ways would win them over, and he would triumph in the end.

Despite his unfashionable outfit, the Captain also had a lady admirer, the sweet Sgt. Candy Kane. It looked like, for once, the nice guy wouldn’t finish last, but alas, the meanies at NBC cancelled Captain Nice after less than a year.

Captain Nice

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NBC / 15×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 28 August 1967

Creator and Producer: Buck Henry

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William Daniels as Carter Nash/Captain Nice
Alice Ghostley as Carter’s Mother
Ann Prentiss as Sgt. Candy Kane
Liam Dunn as Mayor Finney
Bill Zuckert as Chief Segal
Byron Foulger as Mr. Nash

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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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