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Dangerous Knowledge (ITV 1976, John Gregson, Patrick Allen)

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In Dangerous Knowledge former army intelligence officer turned insurance salesman Kirby has uncovered a conspiracy of somekind whilst on business in France. Returning home he quickly finds he is being tailed and that the girl, Laura, who helps him might very well not be who she says he is.

Her father, Foreign Office alumni Roger Fane is clearly involved in whatever is going on. Soon Kirby has discovered that a Russian sleeper agent has a key post in the British government.

Often lumped in with the Armchair Thriller series Dangerous Knowledge actually aired two years before the first AT aired, it does have very much the same kind of feel and was sometimes billed as an Armchair Thriller when it was repeated or shown in different parts of the world.

It is a typically strong thriller though nicely cast with the likes of Patrick Allan, Ralph Bates and Prunella Ransome (who was something of a rising star when this was made) all having substantial parts. At the same time as penning this writer N.J. Crisp was also heavily involved in the final season of The Brothers.

This was the fab John Gregson’s last TV role and he died before it aired on television.

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UK / ITV Network – Southern

RUNNING TIME: 30 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 6 | AIRDATES: 19 May – 23 June 1976

WRITER: N. J. Crisp | MUSIC: Christopher Gunning | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lewis Rudd | PRODUCER and DIRECTOR: Alan Gibson

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JOHN GREGSON as Bill Kirby
PATRICK ALLEN as Fane
PRUNELLA RANSOME as Laura
RUTH TROUNCER as Claire
RALPH BATES as Sanders
RICHARD CORNISH as Martin
ROBERT KEEGAN as Dr Vincent
DAVID GWILLIM as Robin
ELISABETH BERGNER as Madame Lafois
JEREMY WILKIN as Arnold

THE EPISODES
1. COMPREHENSIVE COVER (19 May 1976)
Bill Kirby returns home from France with some Dangerous Knowledge and soon has a couple of agents on his tail. He uses a young woman, Laura, to help him get away.

2. A DEADLY POLICY (26 May 1976)
Roger Fane, a high ranking member of the British Foreign Office is keen for his daughter Laura to keep tabs on Kirby telling her that Kirby has information that could seriously undermine the government.

3. CLAUSE FOR CONCERN (2 June 1976)
A key French contact of Kirby’s is found shot dead, returning to France he discover the dead man had links to the KGB.

4. DEATH RISK (9 June 1976)
Kirby has discovered that someone in the British government is a possible KGB spy and begins talking to an American CIA agent but Kirby isn’t even sure if the agent is telling the truth. Agreeing to a secret rendezvous to pass over the information he ends up getting shot.

5. SURRENDER VALUE (16 June 1976)
Bill manages to get back to his ex-wife’s cottage to clean himself up, luckily it is just a flesh wound but at least he knows the CIA agent is a fake.

6. DIVIDENDS (23 June 1976)
Teaming up with Laura and his son Robin Kirby is determined to prove that one of Fane’s key advisors is a Russian agent, heading back to France his life is soon in very real danger.

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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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