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El C.I.D. (ITV 1990-1992, Alfred Molina, John Bird)

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Crime drama series El C.I.D. channelled into the world of the Costa Del Crime which in the late 1980’s and 90’s was never out of the papers thanks to Spain’s extradition treaty (or lack of it) with the UK which allowed many a Brit villain to flee to sunnier climbs.

The series began with police clerk Douglas Bromley being forced into early retirement and using the proceeds of his pay out to make a snap decision to buy a yacht and move to Spain – tagging along with him is best friend Bernard Blake, a C.I.D. officer who has had enough of the bureaucracy surrounding his job. Settling into life on the Costa Del Sol near Marbella the pair soon find themselves working as privarte detectives helping out local P.I. Delgado and his daughter Mercedes. After two seasons Blake departed and Bromley was joined by his daughter Rose for the third and final season.

Other regulars included the laid back restaurant owner Frank and the far from laid back Metcalf who was in charge of the Marina where Douglas moored his boat (which was called El C.I.D.) and bad guy Gus who had it in for Blake owing to the fact that he was responsible for the arm that Gus lost whilst trying to retrieve stolen diamonds from a crocodile enclosure at a zoo.

Reasonably popular and well remembered El C.I.D. benefited from great playing from John Bird and Alfred Molina as Bromley and Blake as well as top supporting players that included the fab Tony Haysgarth, Donald Churchill and Kenneth Cranham. The theme tune tune, performed by Georgie Fame, was very reminiscent of In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett.

Jimmy McGovern contributed scripts to the first two seasons.

El C.I.D.

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UK / ITV – Granada / 19×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 February 1990 – 2 March 1992

Creators: Chris Kelly, Iain Roy / Theme Music: Georgie Fame / Producer: Matthew Bird / Executive Producer: Sally Head

cast
John Bird as Douglas Bromley
Donald Churchill as Metcalf
Alfred Molina as Blake (seasons 1 and 2)
Kenneth Cranham as Gus Mercer
Tony Haygarth as Frank
Gabrielle Cowburn as Trish
Niven Boyd as Graham
Amanda Redman as Rosie Bromley (season 3)
Simon Andreu as Delgado
Maria Isbert as Senora Sanchez

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 7 Feb – 14 Mar 1990
1. COPPING OUT
2. SPANISH EYES
3. DOG DAYS
4. THE PRICE OF LOVE
5. A PROPER COPPER
6. GETTING EVEN

SEASON TWO 1 Jan – 12 Feb 1991
1. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
2. PIECE OF CAKE
3. IN THE ROUGH
4. PARADISE MISLAID
5. THURSDAY’S CHILD
6. ALL GROWN UP AND NOWHERE TO GO
7. TICKET TO RIDE

SEASON THREE 27 Jan – 2 Mar 1992
1. MAKING AMENDS
2. NOTHING IS FOREVER
3. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
4. WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?
5. DAY OF THE GATO
6. THE LONE STRANGER

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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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