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Doombolt Chase, The (ITV 1978, Donald Burton, Simon MacCorkindale)

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In runaround adventure The Doombolt Chase young Richard Wheeler and his two best friends Lucy and Peter have to save the reputation of Richard’s ship commander father after he is accused of treason. The action starts when Commander Wheeler is accused of deliberately ramming a small sailing boat but will not give any reason why he did it.

Imprisoned whilst awaiting court martial Commander Wheeler is shocked to learn his teenage son Richard has gone missing determined to clear his name. Richard and his two friends discover that a mad professor called Bayard has taken control of an advanced Naval missile device, which uses ultra sonic sound to create huge explosions. Bayard and his gang are planning to test the device in British waters to show off its capabilities before selling it to the highest bidder.

Great fun, Doombolt is a real boys own adventure style story with lots of classic chase action and pretty witty dialogue between the three young leads. The grown up cast is actually pretty heavyweight including the likes of Donald Burton, Peter Vaughan and Simon MacCorkindale. It’s all shot on film too so has a nice glossy feel and at times the incidental music is very similar in style to that used in the BBC series The Changes. The opening theme music is ever so slightly over the top though!

Doombolt Chase

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UK / ITV Network – HTV – Wagner-Hallig – RPTP / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 March – 16 April 1978

Title Music: Eve King / Sung by Gibbs’ Band / Production Design: Ken Jones / Camera: Bob Edwards / Executive Producer: Patrick Dromgoole / Producer: Peter Graham Scott / Director: Robert Fuest

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DONALD BURTON as Commander Wheeler
PETER VAUGHAN as Captain Hatfield
FREDERICK JAEGAR as Commander Vallance
SIMON MacCORKINDALE as Lt. Commander Maddox
EWEN SALON as Admiral Lupin
ANDREW ASHBY as Richard
SHELLEY CROWHURST as Lucy
RICHARD WILLIS as Peter
JUNE BARRIE as Mrs Edgar
GORDON SALKILLD as Petty Officer Parker
HUBERT TUCKER as Lt Commander Cook
KIT THACKER as Radar Operator
PETER BIRCH as Telegraphist
REX HOLDSWORTH as Publican
JOHN WOODNUTT as Spencer
HOWARD GOORNEY as Garble
GEORGE COLOURIS as Bayard
ERIC YOUNG as Statesman
CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE as Sentry

THE EPISODES
1. COURT OF SHAME
2. ESCAPE TO DANGER
3. DEATH BEACON
4. ALARM AT GARETH’S PEAK
5. THE DEVIL’S JAWS
6. ASSAULT ON CRAGFEST

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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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