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Ghost Squad (ITV 1961-1964, Donald Wolfit, Michael Quinn)

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Popular and likeable crime drama series Ghost Squad followed the cases of a group of undercover cops who specialised in infiltrating various nefarious gangs in order to bring them to justice. The title was later shortened to GS5.

Ghost Squad lasted three seasons and was an early version of the kind of series that ATV (when teamed with Lew Grade’s ITC) would make a staple of in the late 1960′s. It featured a typically barnstorming performance from the legendary stage actor Donald Wolfit who was then in the twilight of his career.

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UK | ITV Network – ATV – Rank

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 52 | AIRDATES: 9 September 1961 – 16 May 1964 Made in black and white

PRODUCERS: Connery Chappell, Anthony Kearey, Dennis Vance

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MICHAEL QUINN as Nick Craig
DONALD WOLFIT as Sir Andrew Wilson
ANGELA BROWNE as Helen Winters
NEIL HALLETT as Tony Miller
CLAIRE NEILSON as Jean Carter
ANTHONY MARLOWE as Geoffrey Stock
RAY BARRETT as Peter Clarke

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Donald Wolfit as Sir Andrew Wilson

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 9 September – 11 November 1961
1. TICKET FOR BLACKMAIL (9 Sep 1961)
2. BULLET WITH MY NAME ON IT (16 Sep 1961)
3. HONK KONG STORY (23 Sep 1961)
4. HIGH WIRE (30 Sep 1961)
5. THE BROKEN DOLL (7 Oct 1961)
6. THE EYES OF THE BAT (14 Oct 1961)
7. STILL WATERS (21 Oct 1961)
8. ASSASSIN (28 Oct 1961)
9. DEATH FROM A DISTANCE (4 Nov 1961)
10. MILLION DOLLAR RANSOM (11 Nov 1961)

SEASON TWO 29 December 1962 – 13 July 1963
1. THE GREEN SHOES (29 Dec 1962)
2. CATSPAW (5 Jan 1963)
3. THE PRINCESS (12 Jan 1963)
4. THE BIG TIME (19 Jan 1963)
5. DEATH OF A SPORTSMAN (26 Jan 1963)
6. INTERRUPTED REQUIEM (2 Feb 1963)
7. EAST OF MANDALAY (9 Feb 1963)
8. ESCAPE ROUTE (16 Feb 1963)
9. THE LAST JUMP (23 Feb 1963)
10. POLSKY (2 Mar 1963)
11. THE HEIR APPARENT (9 Mar 1963)
12. THE MAGIC BULLET (16 Mar 1963)
13. THE MENACING MAZURKA (23 Mar 1963)
14. THE RETIREMENT OF THE GENTLE DOVE (30 Mar 1963)
15. MR FIVE PERCENT (6 Apr 1963)
16. GERTRUDE (13 Apr 1963)
17. SABOTAGE (20 Apr 1963)
18. THE THIRTEENTH GIRL (27 Apr 1963)
19. SENTENCES OF DEATH (4 May 1963)
20. THE GRAND DUCHESS (11 May 1963)
21. THE DESPERATE DIPLOMAT (18 May 1963)
22. HOT MONEY (25 May 1963)
23. QUARANTINE AT KAVAR (1 June 1963)
24. THE GOLDEN SILENCE (8 June 1963)
25. LOST IN TRANSIT (15 June 1963)
26. THE MAN WITH THE DELICATE HANDS (22 June 1963)
27. THE MISSING PEOPLE (29 June 1963)
28. PG7 (6 July 1963)
29. A FIRST CLASS WAY TO DIE (13 July 1963)

SEASON THREE 22 February – 16 May 1964
1. AN EYE FOR AN EYE (22 Feb 1964)
2. A CAST OF THOUSANDS (29 Feb 1964)
3. DEATH OF A COP (7 Mar 1964)
4. PARTY FOR MURDER (14 Mar 1964)
5. DEAD MEN DON’T DRIVE (21 Mar 1964)
6. PAY UP OR ELSE (28 Mar 1964)
7. DR AYRE (4 Apr 1964)
8. SCORPION ROCK (11 Apr 1964)
9. THE GOLDFISH BOWL (18 Apr 1964)
10. SEVEN SISTERS OF WONG (25 Apr 1964)
11. RICH RUBY WINE (2 May 1964)
12. HIDEOUT (9 May 1964)
13. IT WON’T BE A STYLISH MARRIAGE (16 May 1964)

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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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