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Charlie’s Angels (ABC 1976-1981, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson)

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“Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy….but I took them away from all that…my name is Charlie” so spake the opening lines of Charlie’s Angels each week. Charlie’s Angels practically invented “jiggle tv” (i.e. lots of running around in skimpy costumes and no bras and as such the show was very popular with the male viewing public, especially as the girls were all gorgeous).

The show concerned a trio of sexy private detectives working for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, helped by Charlie’s right hand man John Bosley, most of the girls cases involved them going undercover, the original trio were Kelly, Jill and Sabrina but after the first season Farrah Fawcett-Majors who played Jill left the show because she wanted to build a film career capitalising on the enormous popularity she had garnered thanks to her role in the show. A famous poster of Farrah in a swimsuit was a must have wall adornment for much of the seventies, it even appeared in Saturday Night Fever.

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The shows producers were none too happy about this of course and took Farrah to court with the result that she appeared in occasional episodes (six in total) over the following three seasons. A new regular arrived in the form of Jill’s sister Kris (who in fact stayed till the end).

But the show never really recovered from the loss of Sabrina, after Kate Jackson left the show continued for two more seasons (with a different girl making up the trio each season – these were Tiffany Welles and finally Julie Rogers).

Charles Townsend never actually appeared but was heard over the office intercom every episode, he would, however, make an occasional sort of appearance where you would see the back of his head or something as he sunned himself on some tropical beach attended to by assorted dusky maidens.

The late 1990’s saw a couple of explosive big screen revivals of the series with Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz whilst the less said about the lacklustre 2011 TV reboot the better.

Charlie's Angels

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USA / ABC/ x60m-e / Wednesday 22 September 1976 – Wednesday 19 August 1981

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JACLYN SMITH as Kelly Garrett
KATE JACKSON as Sabrina Duncan 91976-79)
FARRAH FAWCETT-MAJORS as Jill Munroe (1976-77)
CHERYL LADD as Kris Munroe (1977-81)
SHELLEY HACK as Tiffany Welles (1979-80)
TANYA ROBERTS as Julie Rogers (1980-81)
DAVID DOYLE as John Bosley
JOHN FORSYTHE as Charlie Townsend (voice only)

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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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