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Chinese Detective, The (BBC-1 1981-1982, David Yip, Derek Martin)

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A real point of difference marked out crime drama The Chinese Detective as something special, especially during the early 1980’s when Britain was being ripped apart by racial strife. Detective Sergeant Johnny Ho works out of London’s Limehouse district and finds that racism is rife amongst both his colleagues and the villains he is investigating.

One of his main motivations for joining the force in the first place was the opportunity he believed it afford him in clearing his father’s name. Ho was convinced his father had been found guilty of a crome he didn’t commit.

Despite an affinity for working alone Ho finds himself partnered with the experienced DS Donald Chegwyn and all too often crossed swords with his boss DCI Berwick who despaired of Ho’s scruffy lackadaisical ways.

Created by Ian Kennedy Martin (creator of The Sweeney and brother of fellow writer Troy), The Chinese Detective was excellent, it’s appeal helped along enormously by a star making turn from David Yip. Incidentally the groovy theme tune is by Harry South – the man behind the Sweeney theme tune.

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UK / BBC-1 / 14×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 30 April 1981 – 5 November 1982

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin / Producer: Terence Williams

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DAVID YIP as Det Sgt Johnny Ho
DEREK MARTIN as D.C.I. Berwick
ARTHUR KELLY as Det Sgt Donald Chegwyn
ROBERT LEE as Joe
JOHN BOTT as Det. Chief Supt Halsey

SEASON 1 30 April – 4 June 1981
1. RELEASE (30 April)
2. HAMMER AND NAILS (7 May)
3. THE FOUR FROM FULHAM (14 May)
4. INCOME TAX (21 May)
5. WASHING (28 May)
6. ICE AND DUST (4 June)

SEASON 2 10 September – 22 October 1982
1. TRIALS (10 Sep)
2. OBLOMOV (17 Sep)
3. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS (24 Sep)
4. TAPDANCER (1 Oct)
5. BOUNTY HUNTER (15 Oct)
6. CHORALE (22 Oct)
7. PASTS (29 Oct)
8. SECRET STATE (5 Nov)

 

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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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