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Dangerous Davies (ITV 1981, Bernard Cribbins, Bill Maynard)

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Dangerous Davies is based on the comic novel by Leslie Thomas (who also collaborated with legendary director Val Guest on the screenplay). The production, made for ATV and carrying with it a huge period charm sees Bernard Cribbens play Detective Constable Dangerous Davies the last detective (so called because he tends to be the last copper called upon for any given case).

The plot sees him digging into a 15 year old murder case. As he gets further involved he is soon stirring up a hornets nest of long buried trouble.

Made on a budget of 325,000 pounds and shot on location over five weeks in North West London, Dangerous Davies is chock a block full of such great English TV characters like Bill Maynard (as Dangerouss oppo Mod), Maureen Lipman, Joss Ackland, singer John Leyton, Colin Baker, Bernard Lee, the always excellent Ken Jones and Pam St Clement.

It’s great actually, funny (well it is a Leslie Thomas production) but also with an air of melancholy and with great location footage of early 1980s London. Dangerous Davies is also a genuine mystery, worthy of A Touch of Frost or a Midsomer Murders.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV – Maidenhead Films / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 4 January 1981

Writer and Director: Val Guest / Novel: Leslie Thomas / Executive Producer: Francis Essex / Producers: Val Guest, Greg Smith

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Bernard Cribbins as Dangerous Davies
Bill Maynard as Mod Lewis
Joss Ackland as Chief Inspector Yardbird
Bernard Lee as Sergeant Ben
Frank Windsor as Fred Fennell
John Leyton as Dave Boot
Maureen Lipman as Ena Lind
Cindy O’Callaghan as Josie Norris
Derek Bond as Detective Superintendent Carter
Patsy Rowlands as Madame Tarantella
Colin Baker as William Lind
Avril Angers as Mrs Fulljames
Ken Jones as Mr Norris
Jeremy Sinden as Detective Sergeant Green
Peter Bland as George Tilth
Lucy Aston as Celia Norris
Pam St. Clement as Mrs Norris
Eric Francis as Albert
Sam Dastor as Doctor Longton
Diana King as Mrs Fennell
Betty Romaine as Marie
David Auker as Tarquin
Richard Hunter as Police Constable Westerman
Marianne Stone as Venus
Charles Pemberton as Detective Constable Evans
John Rogan as Father Harvey
Pauline Delany as Doris Davies
Babar Bhatti as Patel
Mike Savage as Sergeant
Pearl Hackney as Landlady
Norman Chappell as Parsons
Joe Ritchie as Workman
Bob Sutherland as Local Inspector
Lucy Griffiths as Dulcie
Sydney Bromley as Harkness
Gordon Rollings as Chrust
Roy Stewart as Pomeroy
Andrew Bradford as Squad Driver
Frank Jarvis as Farm Heavy

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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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