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Get Some In (ITV 1975-1978, Tony Selby, Robert Selby)

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Period sitcom Get Some In takes us back to the 1950’s during the dog days of National Service. The focus is one four young 18 years of wildly differing backgrounds, Jakey Smith is your archetypal Teddy Boy (who quickly has his quiff consigned to the bin!), Matthew Lilley is a very niave Vicar’s son, Bruce Leckie is a Scot and probably the most normal of the group and finally Ken Richardson is a grammar school boy out of his depth. Arriving at RAF Skelton the quartet quickly meet their nemesis in the shape of hated Corporal Percy Marsh.

Most of the episodes of Get Some In revolve around the boys trying to get one over on Marsh or vice versa, some well known names cropped up in guest star roles including the likes of Paul Eddington, Roy Kinnear, Cheryl Hall (married to Robert Lindsay at the time) and there is a chance to see the superb Talfryn Thomas popping up in another shifty role as fixer Corporal White.

By the third season the gang had moved to RAF Midham and for the final season Karl Howman replaced Robert Lindsay who was about to go on to bigger success as Citizen Smith. The setting changed once more too, this time to a nursing unit at RAF Druidswater. Young Lilly is also a dead ringer for Jarvis Cocker, who has clearly modelled his whole ouvre on this character!

The title of the show was a common call during the National Service days for new boys to get some time served under their belt.

classic quote
“My name is Marsh – B.A.S.T.A.R.D. Marsh”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 34×30 minuute episodes / Broadcast 16 October 1975 – 18 may 1978 5 Seasons + 1 Special

Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey / Theme Music: Alan Braden / Producer and Director: Michael Mills

cast
TONY SELBY as Corporal Percy Marsh
ROBERT LINDSAY as Jakey Smith (Seasons 1-4)
DAVID JANSON as Ken Richardson
BRIAN PETTIFER as Bruce Leckie
GERARD RYDER as Matthew Lilley
LORI WELLS as Alice Marsh
KARL HOWMAN as Jakey Smith (Season 5)
JENNY CRYST as Corporal Wendy

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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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