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I Didn’t Know You Cared (BBC-1 1975-1979, Robin Bailey, Liz Smith)

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Sitcom I Didn’t Know You Cared detailed episodes in the life of the morose Yorkshire Brandon family, especially that of miserable Uncle Mort. Mr Brandon (John Comer) spends his days trying to avoid the sharp tongue of his wife, played by Liz Smith.

Carter Brandon (initially played by Stephen Rae, later by Keith Drinkel) wants to get through life with as little fuss and bother as possible, while his wife Pat (initially played by Anita Carey, then by Liz Goulding) wants her husband to become a “young executive”.

Meanwhile, Uncle Staveley (initially played by Bert Palmer, later by Lesley Saroney) wanders around with his best mate’s ashes in a cardboard box (“I ‘eard that. Pardon!”).

The programme was based on several novels by Peter Tinniswood – “A Touch Of Daniel (1969)”, “I Didn’t Know You Cared (1973)” and “Except You’re A Bird (1974)”. Uncle Mort also spun off into several radio series and novels.

I Didn't Know You Cared

production details
UK / BBC One / 27×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 27 August 1975 – 26 June 1979

Writer: Peter Tinniswood / Producer: Bernard Thompson

cast
Robin Bailey as Uncle Mort
John Comer as Les Brandon
Liz Smith as Annie Brandon
Stephen Rea as Carter Brandon (series 1 & 2)
Keith Drinkel as Carter Brandon (series 3)
Anita Carey as Pat Partington (series 1 & 2)
Liz Goulding as Pat Partington (series 3)
Bert Palmer as Uncle Stavely (series 1-3)
Leslie Sarony as Uncle Stavely (series 4)
Deirdre Costello as Linda Preston
Gretchen Franklin as Auntie Lil (series 1 & 2)
Vanda Godsell as Mrs Partington

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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.

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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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