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Danger UXB (ITV 1979, Anthony Andrews, Judy Geeson)

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In the superior world war two set drama series Danger UXB Lieutenant Brian Ash finds himself drafted into a bomb disposal squad, 97 Company Royal Engineers (part of the 27th Tunnelling Company). Ash is public school educated whilst most of the men around him are working class and has an initially uneasy relationship with his platoon but manages to win them over.

Whilst most of the action focused on the incredibly tense job of defusing unexploded bombs (and Ash was basically learning as he went along) there was also time for some romance with not only his landlady’s daughter Norma but also more importantly the married daughter of bomb expert Dr David Gillespie.

This was a very well regarded series, a good quality cast and with a nice slow pace that allowed the tension of the stories to unfold naturally. Only one series was made although show makers Euston left the series open ended in case a second series was commissioned.

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Anthony Andrews as Lt Brian Ash

production details
UK / ITV – Thames – Euston / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 January – 2 April 1979

Creators: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney / Associate Producer: Christopher Neame / Producer: John Hawkesworth / Executive Producer: Johnny Goodman

cast
ANTHONY ANDREWS as Lt Brian Ash
JUDY GEESON as Susan Mount
IAIN CUTHBERTSON as Dr David Gillespie
MOYRA FRASER as Aunt Dodo
MARJIE LAWRENCE as Mrs Baker
DEBORAH WATLING as Norma Baker
ALFIE BASS as Reg Preston
LOUISA RIX as Angie
GERALDINE GARDNER as Nicky
NICK TATE as Chris Craik
PETER CARTWRIGHT as Maj Luckhurst
JEREMY SINDEN as Lt Ivor Rodgers
NICK BRIMBLE as 2nd Lt Gresham
MAURICE ROEVES as Sgt James
GEORGE INNES as Cpl Horrocks
KENNETH CRANHAM as Sapper Salt
JOHN BOWLER as Sapper Scott

EPISODES
1. DEAD MAN’S SHOES (8 Jan 79)
2. UNSUNG HEROES (15 Jan 79)
3. JUST LIKE A WOMAN (22 Jan 79)
4. CAST IRON KILLER (29 Jan 79)
5. THE SILVER LINING (5 Feb 79)
6. THE QUIET WEEKEND (12 Feb 79)
7. DIGGING OUT (19 Feb 79)
8. BAD COMPANY (26 Feb 79)
9. SEVENTEEN SECONDS TO GLORY (5 Mar 79)
10. BUTTERFLY WINTER (12 Mar 79)
11. DEAD LETTER (19 Mar 79)
12. THE PIER (26 Mar 79)
13. WITH LOVE FROM ADOLF (2 Apr 79)

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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

cast
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.

cast
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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