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CHiPS (NBC 1977-1983, Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada)

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CHiPS, an acronym for California Highway Patrol, was the motorcycle equivalent to a previous episodic police series, Adam 12. Jon Baker and “Ponch” Poncherello were two state motorcycle patrolmen, both young bachelors, whose adventures helping citizens, fighting crime and leading active social lives were all woven into the series.

The two men worked as a team, and spent most of their working time around the vast Los Angeles freeway system. Each episode was a composite of four or five separate incidents, both on the job and off, with violence down-played in favor of human interest and the humorous elements of their work. Jon was rather straight and serious, while “Ponch” was the romantic free spirit, whose happy-go-lucky attitude did not always sit well with their superior, Sgt. Getraer. Added in 1978, were Harlan, a police mechanic who worked on their “choppers,” and Sindy, a female “Chippie” who worked out of a patrol car. She was replaced the following fall by another female “Chippie,” Bonnie Clark.

Former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner appeared as Officer Steve McLeish in several episodes in the fall of 1981 as a temporary replacement for Erik Estrada, who was embroiled in a salary dispute with CHiPS producers. When Estrada returned, Jenner left the show.

The fall of 1982 brought a number of cast changes. Larry Wilcox, who had had a stormy relationship with Erik Estrada for several years, quit the series. Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson, and Nelson’s kid brother Bruce (played by professional motorcycle racer, Bruce Penhall) joined the force as a trainee. The new resident “Chippie” was Kathy Linahan.

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USA / NBC – MGM – Rosner TV / 138×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 September 1977 – 17 July 1983

Creator: Rick Rosner / Executive Producer: Cy Cermak / Producer: Rick Rosner, Ric Rondell

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LARRY WILCOX as Officer Jon Baker
ERIK ESTRADA as Off Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello
ROBERT PINE as Sgt Joe Getraer
BRIANNE LEARY as Officer Sindy Cahill (1978-1979)
BRODIE GREER as Officer Baricza (1977-1982)
LOU WAGNER as Harlan Arliss (1978-1983)
LEW SAUNDERS as Officer Gene Fritz (1977-1981)
RANDI OAKES as Officer Bonnie Clark (1979-1982)
TOM REILLY as Officer Bobby ‘Hot Dog’ Nelson (1982-1983)
MICHAEL DORN as Officer Jebediah Turner (1980-1982)
BRUCE JENNER as Officer Steve McLeish (1981)
PAUL LINKE as Officer Arthur “Grossie” Grossman
CLARENCE GILYARD JR as Officer Webster (1982-1983)
BRUCE PENHALL as Cadet Bruce Nelson (1982-1983)
TINA GAYLE as Officer Kathy Linahan (1982-1983)

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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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