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Dixon of Dock Green (BBC-1 1955-1976, Jack Warner, Peter Byrne)

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Crime drama series Dixon of Dock Green featured an ageing Jack Warner as Constable George Dixon (later to be a sergeant earning his stripes on 19 September 1964) working in the East End of London.

Created by Ted Willis the character of Dixon had first been seen in the 1949 film The Blue Lamp. Dixon met his death in that film at the hands of young Dirk Bogarde, however Willis revived the character for a play and then the BBC series.

Dixon was widowed with a daughter (played initially by Billie Whitelaw and later by Jeannette Hutchinson) and the series focused more on the everyday life in the police station and petty crime rather than the hard hitting stuff other cop shows concentrated on.

Other regulars on the series included PC Andy Crawford, Sgt Flint and Sgt Grace Millard. With over 300 episodes to its credit by the time the show finished in 1976 Dixon was solid family viewing, even if it had begun to seem a little dated by then what with Regan and Carter of The Sweeney bringing a new realism to TV Cops.

By the time of the series finish after 21 years on the air Jack Warner was 85, definitely the oldest cop on the box. His role on the show by this stage mainly consisted of his opening and closing homilies and a couple of scenes in the station.

Dixon of Dock Green

production details
UK / BBC-1 / 367×50 minute episodes / 1955-76

Creator: Ted Willis / Theme Music: An Ordinary Copper composed by Jeff Darnell / Harmonica Solo by Tommy Riley

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JACK WARNER as George Dixon
PETER BYRNE as Andy Crawford
BILLIE WHITELAW as Mary Dixon/Crawford(1)
JEANNETTE HUTCHINSON as Mary(2)
GEOFFREY ADAMS as PC ‘Laudy’ Lauderdale
ARTHUR RIGBY as Desk Segt Flint
NEIL WILSON as PC ‘Tubb’ Barrell
MOIRA MANNION as Sgt Grace Millard

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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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