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Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin,The (BBC-1 1976-1979, Leonard Rossiter)

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In sitcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin put upon suburbanite Reginald Iolanthe Perrin has a mid life crisis, fakes his own death and tries to start a new life.

Later he starts his own super successful business and in season three decides to start a commune.

The series has achieved iconic status principally down to the performance of Leonard Rossiter. His fast-talking, surreal-musing creation was pure comic genius.Rebel Reginald Perrin, who turned his back on being a wage slave, became the patron saint of those in suits on the 7.50am from Purley Oaks. Then there was the quality of the basic idea, the scripts and the strength of the other characters.

See also The Legacy of Reginald Perrin.

Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

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UK / BBC One / 21×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1976-79

Writer: David Nobbs / Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst / Producers: John Howard Davies, Gareth Gwenlan

cast
LEONARD ROSSITER as Reggie
PAULINE YATES as Elizabeth Perrin
JOHN BARRON as CJ
SUE NICHOLLS as Joan Greengoss
GEOFFREY PALMER as Jimmy
JOHN HORSLEY as Doc Morrissey
TREVOR ADDAMS as Tony Webster
BRUCE BOULD as David Harris-Jones
SALLY JANE SPENCER as Linda
TIM PREECE as Tom (serials 1-2)
LESLIE SCHOFIELD as Tom (serials 3)
THERESA WATSON as Prue Harris-Jones
DAVID WARWICK as Mark

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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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