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Gaffer, The (ITV 1981-1983, Bill Maynard, Russell Hunter)

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Sitcom The Gaffer detailed the misadventures of Fred Moffatt, the owner of a decrepit building works, who if not a cowboy was certainly very close to it.

Much of Fred’s time was spent dealing with his recalcitrant workforce especially with shop steward, Harry (Callan’s Russell Hunter).

The real brains of the outfit is Moffat’s secretary Betty (Pat Ashton) to run the office. She also does her best to keep her boss on the straight and narrow.

Having scored a big hit for Yorkshire as the naive Selwyn Froggitt, Fred Moffatt was a more capable but less likeable character. Another brilliant Bill Maynard performance though!

Towards the end of the second season Fred decided to get involved in the local council managing to get himself elected. Much of the third series saw him tangling with chief council rival Joe Gregory.

The end of the series saw Moffat selling up and moving to Australia.

Series writer Graham White based the show on his own experiences running an engineering firm.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 20×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 5 July 1983

Writer: Graham White / Producer: Alan Tarrant

cast
Bill Maynard as Fred Moffat
Russell Hunter as Harry
Pat Ashton as Betty
David Gillies as Ginger
Don Crann as Charlie
Christopher Hancock as Wagstaff (series 1 & 2)
Milton Johns as Williams (series 2)
Alan Hockey as Joe Gregory (series 2 & 3)
Keith Marsh as Henry Dodd (series 2 & 3)

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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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