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Father Dear Father (ITV 1968-1973, Patrick Cargill, Natasha Pyne)

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Created by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke (they of Man About the House and George and Mildred fame), the farcical Father Dear Father starred Patrick Cargill, in a role tailor made for him. He plays wealthy, roll Royce driving crime and spy writer Patrick Glover. Divorced Patrick lives in his swanky house in trendy Hampstead longing for the peace and quiet that is constantly interrupted by his two teenage daughters Anna (Natasha Pyne) and Karen (Ann Holloway) both your archetypal dolly birds of the swinging sixties.

Also on hand was Matilda Nanny Harris (Noel Dyson), once Nanny to Patrick and the girls but now more of a housekeeper, Patrick’s best friend was his huge St Bernard dog H.G. Wells but he also remained on good terms with his ex-wife Barbara.

1972 saw a big screen outing and between 1978 and 1980 there was an Australian series which took Patrick down under. The cast all appeared in character in several other shows too including an episode of game show The Golden Shot (1 Mar 1970) and an edition of The Edward Woodward Hour (4 Aug 1971) with the Glovers meeting spy Callan. Then in 1972 Patrick Cargill starred in own hour long variety special called Patrick, Dear Patrick which also featured a segment featuring all of the Glovers.

Between 1969 and 1972 four short specials were also broadcast as part of ITV’s Christmas day All Star Comedy Carnival extravaganzas.

Father, Dear Father

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 45×30 minute episodes / 1968-73 7 Seasons

Writers: Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke / Producer: William G. Stewart

cast
Patrick Cargill as Patrick Glover
Natasha Pyne as Anna Glover
Ann Holloway as Karen Glover
Noel Dyson as Matilda Harris (‘Nanny’)
Ursula Howells as Barbara Mossman
Patrick Holt as Bill Mossman
Tony Britton as Bill Mossman
Sally Bazely as Georgie Thompson
Dawn Addams as Georgie Thompson
Joyce Carey as Mrs Glover (Patrick’s mother)
Jeremy Child as Timothy Tanner (series 6 & 7)

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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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