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Charters and Caldicott (BBC-1 1985, Robin Bailey, Michael Aldridge)

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In the excellent comedy drama crime drama series Charters and Caldicott, the retired gents of the title find themselves drawn into a murder mystery when a body is found in the sitting room of Caldicott, the body is that of the daughter of an old friend but the mystery deepens when Charters receives a phone call from the dead girl.

Over the course of the six episodes the duo discover the mystery is linked to millions of pounds worth of gold that was being carried on a U-boat that was sunk off the English coast during world war II. There is a thrilling finale that takes place at Lords Cricket Ground, both on and off the pitch!

The two lead characters had first appeared in the film The Lady Vanishes(1938) played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, these two actors played the roles in a number of other films during the 30’s and forties(Night Train To Munich, It’s Not Cricket etc.)

The duo are still the cricket loving duo of the films, Charters and Caldicott, now in their sixties have known each other since they were at school (public of course) together.

classic quote
“do you always call him by his surname?”
“my dear, even his mother called him by his surname”.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – A&E Network – 7 Network / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 January – 14 February 1985 Thursdays @ 9.25pm

Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Script Editor: Jenny Sheridan / Characters created by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat / Music: Paul Reade / Costumes: Amy Roberts / Production Design: Ray London, Paul Munting / Producer: Ron Craddock / Director: Julian Aymes

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ROBIN BAILEY as Charters
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Caldicott
TESSA PEAKE-JONES as Jenny
CAROLINE BLAKISTON as Margaret Mottram
GERARD MURPHY as Detective Inspector Murphy
PHILIP STONE as Venables
PATRICK CARTER as Grimes
GRANVILLE SAXTON as Chauffeur
MICHAEL STAINTON as Detective Sergeant Tipper
OLIVE MILBOURNE as Gushing Lady
TONY CHAMBERS as Cecil St Clair
CHRISTOPHER MUNCKE as Josh Darrell
NORMAN RUTHERFORD as Clergyman
ALBERT WELCH as Barstow
RAY JONES as Sergeant
BARRY SUMMERFORD as Constable
GRANVILLE SAXTON as Chauffeur
SCOTT FREDERICKS as Gordon Wrigley
IVAN BEAVIS as Jacob Norton

 

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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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