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Carter Country (ABC 1977-1979, Victor French, Kene Holliday)

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Sitcom Carter Country was set in the small Georgia town of Clinton Corners, “just down the road from Plains.” Plains was the home of President Jimmy Carter.

Chief Roy Mobey was the lovable redneck police chief. Sgt. Curtis Baker was his ultra-intelligent, black deputy who had been trained in New York City. Despite certain points of conflict – black vs. white, big-city cop vs. backwoods redneck, etc… the two had great respect for each other.

Teddy Burnside was the weak-willed, chubby Mayor – a mama’s boy who was elected because nobody else wanted the job. He also ran the local bank, Burnside Savings & Loan. He always preferred to pass the buck and his favorite departing words were “Handle it!”

Other cast members included: Cloris Phebus, a man-hungry policewoman; Harley, a young deputy at the station and Jasper, one of the “good ole boys.” In the second season, Tracy Quinn, a cub reporter and Roy’s mother, Julia Mobey, were added to the cast.

Curtis Baker was always trying to make time with the Mayor’s secretary Lucille, and finally, in May 1979, they were married.

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USA / ABC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast September 15, 1977 – August 23, 1979

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Victor French as Roy Mobey
Kene Holliday as Curtis Baker
Richard Paul as Teddy Burnside
Harvey Vernon as Jasper De Witt
Barbara Cason as Cloris Phebus
Guich Koock as Harley Puckett
Vernee Watson as Lucille Banks
Melanie Griffith as Tracy Davenport
Amzie Strickland as Julia Mobey

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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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