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Demob (ITV 1993, Griff Rhys Jones, Martin Clunes)

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Drama serial Demob scored highly on the period detail in this tale of a pair of demobbed soldiers, Captain Ian Deasey and Lance Corporal Dick Dobson, who try to find success on the stage as a double act after the end of world war II. Deasey begins an affair with the glamorous Hedda whom he meets when the duo begin working at the The Blue Parrot nightclub (obviously a nod to the real life Windmill club with riqsue nude dancers), and almost ruins his marriage in the process. The pair also tangle with seedy con man Rudy Lorimer.

Demob was very much influenced by actual events that saw comics such as Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and the like making a name for themselves on both the stage and radio. They all had begun their careers entertaining the troops during the hostilities. This was also the last television appearance of the brilliant Les Dawson who sadly died during the making of it.

Demob

Martin Clunes and Samantha Janus.

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UK / ITV – Carlton – Yorkshire – Talk Back / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 15 October – 19 November 1993

Writers: Andrew Montgomery, Dean Lemmon / Producer: Adrian Bate / Executive Producers: David Reynolds, Peter Fincham / Director: Robert Knights

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GRIFF RHYS JONES as Ian Deasey
MARTIN CLUNES as Dick Dobson
SAMANTHA JANUS as Hedda
AMANDA REDMAN as Janet Deasey
LES DAWSON as Morton Stanley
JAMES FAULKNER as Rudy Lorimer
SIMON WILLIAMS as Ken Hawes

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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

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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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