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Fallen Hero (ITV 1978, Del Henney, Wanda Ventham)

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Drama series Fallen Hero came from the pen of the masterful Brian Finch who excelled at intricate family dramas during the 1970’s. The hero (or anti-hero really) is mid thirty something Gareth Hopkins a big star in the world of Rugby League whose career is cut short thanks to a devastating knee injury. He finds it supremely difficult to adjust to life out of the game and having to take on menial low paying jobs to make ends meet.

Worse still his marriage is crumbling, thanks in no small part to Hopkin’s numerous affairs and disastrous relationship with his stepson Martin.

Fallen Hero is searingly honest and with a highly charged central performance from Del Henney Fallen Hero scores highly, Hopkins is cut from a similar cloth to Joe Lampton in Man At The Top but a bit more self pitying and less get up and go. But his attitudes towards women and life are exactly the same.

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UK | ITV Network – Granada

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 14 November 1978 – 20 December 1979

WRITER: Brian Finch | THEME MUSIC: Derek Hilton | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Michael Cox | PRODUCER: June Howson

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DEL HENNEY as Gareth Hopkins
BARRY STANTON as Joe Harris
WANDA VENTHAM as Dorothy Hopkins
JOHN WHEATLEY as Martin Hopkins
FRANK CROMPTON as Wilf Calder
MARGED ESLI as Sally Jones (Later Hopkins)
BRIAN MILLER as Alan Field
PRUNELLA GEE as Rebecca Westgate
CAROLINE MOONEY as Baby Dorothy Hopkins
VICKY WILLIAMS as Susie Crossley

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 14 November – 19 December 1978
1. EPISODE ONE (14 Nov 1978)
2. EPISODE TWO (21 Nov 1978)
3. EPISODE THREE (28 Nov 1978)
4. EPISODE FOUR (5 Dec 1978)
5. EPISODE FIVE (12 Dec 1978)
6. EPISODE SIX (19 Dec 1978)

SEASON TWO 15 November – 20 December 1979
1. EPISODE ONE (15 Nov 1979)
2. EPISODE TWO (22 Nov 1979)
3. EPISODE THREE (29 Nov 1979)
4. EPISODE FOUR (6 Dec 1979)
5. EPISODE FIVE (13 Dec 1979)
6. EPISODE SIX (20 Dec 1979)

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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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