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Fraud Squad (ITV 1969-1970, Patrick O’Connell, Joanna Van Gyseghem)

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Crime drama series detailing the cases of Detective Inspector Gamble and Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks working for the Fraud Squad in the Midlands. Gamble is very much his own man, all too often doing things his own way, much to the frustration of his boss Superintendent Proud.

Gamble’s sidekick Vicky is often little more than a glorified secretary for too much of the time but as the series goes on she does more of a chance to shine.

Season two was filmed in colour but like so many ITV shows of that era it now mostly only exists in black and white. Two episodes, episodes 3 and 4, survive in colour.

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UK / ITV – ATV / 26×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 20 May 1969 – 12 December 1970

Creator: Ivor Jay / Police Advisor: A.V. Overall / Producers: Robert D. Cardona, Nicholas Palmer

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PATRICK O’CONNELL as D.I. Gamble
JOANNA VAN GYSEGHEM as D.S. Vicky Hicks
RALPH NOSSEK as Supt Proud

Fraud Squad Patrick O'Connell

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 20 May – 12 August 1969
1. TURBOT ON ICE (20 May 69)
2. BROTHER SIMPLE (27 May 69)
3. LAST EXIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN (3 Jun 69)
4. RUN FOR YOUR MONEY (10 Jun 69)
5. ALL CLEAN AND PAID FOR (17 Jun 69)
6. OVER A BARREL (24 Jun 69)
7. WHERE’S GEORGE (1 Jul 69)
8. THE FRONT MAN (8 Jul 69)
9. THE BIGGEST BORROWER OF ALL (15 Jul 69)
10. PROS AND CONS (22 Jul 69)
11. COLD AS CHARITY (29 Jul 69)
12. TWO KINDS OF CRASH (5 Aug 69)
13. ANYBODY HERE SEEN KELLY? (12 Aug 69)

SEASON TWO 19 September – 12 December 1970
1. THE MARTIN KESSEL FILE (19 Sep 70)
2. THE WHITE ABYSS (26 Sep 70)
3. TO PAY PAUL (3 Oct 70)
4. DOUBLE DEAL (10 Oct 70)
5. THE HARLAND AFFAIR (17 Oct 70)
6. INQUEST (24 Oct 70)
7. PEOPLE CAN GO TOO FAR (31 Oct 70)
8. REMISSION – NEGATIVE (7 Nov 70)
9. WHIZZ KID (14 Nov 70)
10. THE GREAT BLANKET FACTORY SWINDLE (21 Nov 70)
11. THE HOT-MONEY MAN (28 Nov 70)
12. GOLDEN ISLAND (5 Dec 70)
13. THE PRICE OF A COPPER (12 Dec 70)

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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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