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Dancers In Mourning (BBC 1959, Bernard Horsfall, Denis Quilley)

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Crime drama serial Dancers in Mourning was a case for Albert Campion, the detective created by Margery Allingham (one of the big three writers from the golden age of detective fiction alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers). Private Detective Campion is asked by old friend William Faraday to investigate a series of practical jokes that are happening back stage at the London Theatre where his play The Bluffer is being staged. The jokes are being targeted at star Jimmy Sutane but the stakes are raised when Jimmy reveals that he has accidentally killed fellow actor Chloe Pye.

This was the first time the character of Campion had been adapted for TV and a second six part serial called Death of a Ghost was broadcast the following year. During the late 1950’s the BBC were extremely adept at producing these six part thriller mysteries, especially those written by Francis Durbridge. In the late 1980’s the BBC revived the Campion character for two series of very glossy, high budget period productions with Peter Davison in the lead.

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RUNNING TIME: 30 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6 | AIRDATES: 10 August – 14 September 1959

WRITER: John Hopkins | NOVEL: Margery Allingham | MUSIC: Christopher Whelan | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Reece Pemberton | PRODUCER: John Harrison

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BERNARD HORSFALL as Albert Campion
DENIS QUILLEY as Jimmy Sutane
NOEL HOWLETT as William Faraday
WALLY PATCH as Magersfontain Lugg
JOHN RUDDOCK as Chief Superintendent Oates
VANDA GODSELL as Chloe Pye
JONATHAN MEDDINGS as Benny Konrad
ROBERT LANKESHEER as Stage Director
LESLEY NUNNERLEY as Eve Sutane
SHEILA SHAND GIBBS as Linda Sutane
DAVID PHETHEAN as Sock Petrie
MICHAEL GOUGH as Squire Mercer
ROBERT JARVIS as Hughes
ROGER MAXWELL as Doctor Bouverie
RICHARD PEARSON as Superintendent Yeo
JOHN WILDING as P.C. Henderson

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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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